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BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Seated (1-r) Patrick J. McNally, James R. Engel (Chair 
Standing (1-r) James W. Foley, Edward B. Rauscher, 

Eugene A. Hailson 



Cover: Ipswich Middle School/High School 
Photo courtesy of Frank Ferrel 



ANNUAL REPORT 

TOWN OF IPSWICH 
MASSACHUSETTS 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Roster of Town Officials and Committees 3 

April 3, 2000 Annual Town Meeting 7 

Operating Budget 10 

October 16, 2000 Special Town Meeting 35 

Board of Selectmen 58 

Town Manager 59 

Department of Public Safety 61 

Police Department 61 

Fire Department ♦ . . 62 

Animal Control 64 

Harbors 65 

Shellfish 66 

Emergency Management 67 

Department of Public Works 68 

Public Works Divisions 68 

Cemeteries/Parks Department 70 

Solid Waste Advisory Committee 71 

Department of Code Enforcement 73 

Building Department 73 

Health Department 73 

Zoning Board of Appeals 74 

Department of Planning and Development 75 

Planning Board 77 

Conservation Commission 78 

Housing Partnership 80 

Historical Commission 80 

Department of Human Services 82 

Recreation Department 82 

Youth' Services 84 

Council on Aging 85 

Department of Utilities 87 

Electric Department 87 

Water Division 88 

Wastewater Treatment 89 



TABLE OF CONTENTS (CONTINUED) 

Finance Department 90 

Accounting Office . 90 

Treasurer/Collector . . 91 

Assessors Office 91 

Town Clerk 92 

Elections and Registrations 95 

MIS Department .* 97 

Purchasing/Budget/Risk Management 97 

Ipswich Public Library ,99 

School Department 100 

Ipswich Housing Authority 114 

Ipswich Cultural Council 115 

Open Space Committee 115 

Coastal Pollution Control Committee 117 

Hall-Haskell House Standing Committee 118 

Ipswich Bay Circuit Committee 119 

Waterways Advisory Committee 119 

Trust Fund Commission 120 

Eight Towns and a Bay Committee 121 

Town of Ipswich Americans With Disabilities Act 123 

Financial Statements-Fiscal Year Ending June 30,2000 — 124 



2000-2001 ROSTER OF TOWN OFFICIALS AND COMMITTEES 



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BOARD OF SELCTMEN 

James R. Engel,Ch. 2001 E2 

Eugene A. Hailson 2002 

James W. Foley 2003 

Patrick J. McNally 2002 

Edward B. Rauscher 2001 03 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Jeffrey Loeb, Ch. 2001 

Edmund Traverso 2002 S 

Norman Sheppard 2002 

Margot Sherwood 2003 

Deborah Henry 2003 

Barry Hopping 2002 

Joan Arsenault 2001 E 

CONSTABLE 

Peter Dziadose 2001 

TOWN MODERATOR 

A. James Grimes 2001 



FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Elected at Town Meeting 
Ellen Rose 2002 

Mary Harrington, Ch. 2003 
George Markos 2001 
Appointed by Moderator 
Jamie Fay 2002 

William Craft 2003 
Clark Ziegler 2001 
Appointed by Selectmen 
John Bruni 2002 

Joni Soffron 2003 
Raymond Morley 2001 

HOUSING AUTHORITY . 

Kenneth Blades 2003 
Tone Kenney 2005 
Robert Como 2 001 
Joseph Brady (State) 2001 
Sara O'Connor, Ch. 2004 



APPOINTED ADMINISTRATION 



S TOWN MANAGER M 

George E. Howe 
SI FINANCE DIR./TOWN ACCT . 

Rita Negri Ml 

SI UTILITIES DEPT. DIRECTOR 

Tim Henry Ml 

SI TREASURER/COLLECTOR 

Virginia Cleary Ml 

Ml ELECTRIC DEPT. MANAGER 

Raymond Shockey Ml 

Ml ASSESSOR 

Frank Ragonese Ml 

Ml CODE INFORCEMENT 

BUILDING INSPECTOR M 

James Sperber 
Ml DIRECTOR OF PLANNING M 

TOWN PLANNER 

Glenn Gibbs M 

Ml DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC 

SAFETY, POLICE CHIEF M 

Charles Surpitski 
Ml PARKING CLERK 7 

Susan LeMieux 



HARBORMASTER 

Charles Surpitski 

Charles Schwartz, Deputy 

HEALTH AGENT 

Colleen Pelley 

LIBRARIAN 

Victor Dyer 

RECREATION DIRECTOR 

Elizabeth Dorman 

TOWN CLERK 

Frances Richards 

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR 

Armand Michaud 

FIRE CHIEF 

Henry Michalski 

CEMETERIES /PARKS DEPT. 

James Graffum 

COUNCIL ON AGING DIRECT. 

Diane Mitchell 

SHELLFISH CONSTABLE 

Philip Kent 

SUPERINTEND' T OF SCHOOLS 

Richard Korb 



APPOINTED BOARDS AND COMMITTEES 



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CEMETERIES AND PARKS 
COMMISSION 

Arthur Sotis, Ch. 2003 
Nicholas Markos 2002 
Theodore LeMieux 2001 
CIVIL DEFENSE /EMERGENCY 
MANAGEMENT 

John Poirier 2001 
COMMUTER RAIL COMMITTEE 
Dorcas Rice 2001 
Joseph Carlin 2001 
Robert Waldner 2000 
CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
David Pancoast, Agent 



2002 
2002 
2003 
2003 
2003 
2001 
2001 
Assoc. ) 



Glenn Wood 
Ed Dick 

David Standley 
Sandra Hamilton 
Jennifer Hughes 
Brandon Boyd 
Mary Capkanis 
Lillian North 
FAIR HOUSING 
George Howe 2001 
Sara O'Connor 2001 
Tone Kenney 2001 
COUNCIL ON AGING 
Elizabeth Nelson 2002 
Marion Sokolov 2002 
Virginia H. Baisley 2003 
Carol Emerson- Owen 2001 
Jean Parker 2001 
Richard Ostberg 2001 
Frederick Ruzanski 2001 
HISTORICAL COMMISSION 
Walter Pojasek 2003 
John Moss 2002 

Peter Lampropoulos 2003 
Wilma Gooby 2002 
June Gahan 2003 

Marjorie Robie 2001 
Robert Simmons 2001 
MAPC REPRESENTATIVE 
Ingrid Miles 2002 



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IPSWICH CULTURAL COUNCIL 

Georgia Flood 2001 

Coco McCabe 2002 

Janet Taisey-Craf't 2003 

Laurie Miles 2003 

Linnea Duff 2003 

Thorpe Feidt 2001 
Elizabeth Loudon, Ch. 2002 

Miranda Updike 2003 

Philippa Melhuish 2003 
LIBRARY TRUSTEES 

Ann S. Brown 2003 

Robert Weatherall 2002 

Lawrence Pszenny 2002 
Mary Louise Scudder 2002 

Charles Cobb 2003 

George Gray 2003 

Philip Kuhn 2001 

William Thoen 2001 

Marion Frost 2001 
TRUST FUND COMMISSION 

Jean Emerson 2003 

Edward Michon 2002 

Walter Pojasek 2001 
GOVERNMENT STUDY COM. 

Charles Cobb 2001 
HALL-HASKELL HOUSE COM. 

Vivian Endicott 2001 

Theresa Stephens 2001 

Peg Burr 2001 

William Thoen 2001 

Stephanie Gaskins 2001 

Margaret Broekel 2001 

Joyce Harrington 2001 

Ed Sukach 2001 
BOARD OF HEALTH 

Carl Hiltunen 2002 

Kenneth Zinn, MD 2003 

Susan Hubbard 2001 



M RECREATION COMMISSION 



Jane Martone 
Bruce Bryant 
Justin Daly 
Debra Boufford 
Linda Murphy 
Jennifer Wile 
Irvin Levy 



2002 
2003 
2003 
2003 
2001 
2001 
2001 



REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Robert M. Stone 2003 
Orville Giddings, Sr . 2002 



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Phillip Grenier 


2 001 


SHELLFISH ADVISORY 


BOARD 


Wayne Castonguay 


2001 


David Swicker, Ch. 


2001 


Anthony Murawski 


2001 


John Pelletier 


2001 


Evan Parker 


2001 


Michael Lambros 


2001 


Joseph D. Kmiec 


2001 


BOARD OF ASSESSORS 




Frank Ragonese 


2001 


John Moberger 


2003 


John R. Heaphy 


2002 


WATERWAYS ADVISORY 


COM. 


Kenneth Spellman, Ch 


. 2001 


Chris Dort 


2001 


Robert Chambers 


2001 


John Stella 


2001 


Ronald Cameron 


2001 


John Ferrick 


2001 


Ken Trocki 


2001 


PLANNING BOARD 




Robert Weatherall 


2005 


Leo Murphy 


2002 


Leslie Brooks, Ch 


2003 


Joshua Massey 


2004 


Janet Heintzman-Lindsay 




2001 


David Morrow, Assoc 


: 2001 


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 


Keith Hughes, Ch 


2002 


Arthur Sotis 


2004 


Richard Alfoni 


2005 


David Mollica 


2001 


Jennifer Walker 


2003 


Kevin Lombard (Alt) 2001 


Robert Gambale (Alt) 2001 


OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE 


James Allen 


2001 


Lawrence Eliot 


2001 


Carl Nylen 


2001 


Glenn Hazelton,Ch. 


2001 


William Wells 


2001 


Ruth Sherwood 


2001 


David Standley 


2001 


Carolyn Britt 


2001 



S COASTAL POLLUTION CONTROL 

Michael Schaff 2001 
Aldyth Innis 2001 
Wayne Castonguay, Ch. 2001 
Haines Danforth 2001 
Ingrid Miles 2001 

S EIGHT TOWNS AND A BAY 
Tim Purinton 2001 
Wayne Castonguay 2001 

M IPSWICH BAY CIRCUIT 

Lawrence Eliot, Ch 2001 
Mary Cunningham 2 001 
Barbara Carpenter 2001 
Barbara Ostberg 2001 
Ralph Williams 2001 
Patrick Glennon • 2001 

S HOUSING PARTNERSHIP 

James Haskell 2001 

S INDUSTRIAL DEVEL. FINANCE 
James Lahar 2004 
George Howe 2001 

M CABLE E.R. ADVISORY COM. 
Mark Coltin,Ch 2001 
Margaret Whittier 2001 
Elaine Lee 2001 

Clark Ziegler 2001 
James Muench 2 001 
Peter Dziadose 2001 
Charles Surpitski 2001 
G. William Brenizer 2001 
S SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COM. 
James Temple, Ch 2001 
Winthrop Snow, Jr. 2001 
Elizabeth Krafchuk 2001 

S ACTION, INC. 

Tone Kenney 2001 
Charlotte Dodge 2001 

S SANDY POINT ADVISORY COM. 
Joseph W. Parks 2001 
Diane L. Richard 2001 



S CABLE TELEVISION ADVI 

Susan Boice 
Arthur Savage 
Stephen Harris 
George Howe 
M MOSQUITO CONTROL ADV: 
Daniel Deren,Ch. 
Lisa Galanis 
Mary Lou Sirois 
Reta Pelletier 
Ian Forman 
Ed Ruta 

Ernest Brockelbank 
Ann Galanis-Wallace 
Ann G. Miller 



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Elected 

Appointed by Board of 

Selectmen 

Appointed by Town 

Manager 

Other 

Supervised by Town 

Manager 

Elected at Town Meeting 

Appointed by Moderator 

General Laws 

1976 STM, Article II 

Confirmed by Board of 

Selectmen 

Appointed by School Com. 



2000 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

ESSEX, ss 

To the Constable of the Town of Ipswich in said County, 

GREETINGS: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town 
of Ipswich, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to meet at the IPSWICH MIDDLE SCHOOL, 25 Green Street in 
said Ipswich, on MONDAY, THE THIRD OF APRIL, 2000, at 7:30 O'clock in the evening, then and there to 
act on the following articles, viz: 

Moderator James Grimes called the 367th Annual Town Meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. with more than 200 voters 
present. There were 206 voters present at 7:15 p.m. and the final count was 650 at 10:00 p.m. Richard Korb, 
Superintendent of Schools, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Moderator Grimes informed the voters about 
town meeting procedures; printed copies of the procedures were available at the door. A five-minute speaking 
limit was initiated with high school students acting as timekeepers. William Wasserman was appointed by the 
Moderator to fill in as his assistant in the cafeteria with high school students acting as runners. Tellers appointed 
by the Moderator were: Robert McNeil, Bruce Bryant, Don Francis and Joanne Accomando. Deborah Eliason 
from Kopelman and Paige was Town Counsel. It was moved, seconded and so voted to admit non-voters. 

ARTICLE 1 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to fix the salary and compensation of all elected Town Officers; (2) to choose 
the following officers, viz: Constable for one [1] year; Moderator for one [1} year; one [1] Selectman for three 
[3] years; one [1] member of the Housing Authority for five [5] years; two [2] members of the School Committee 
for three [3] years; the above officers, and two ballot referendum questions which are printed at the end of this 
warrant, to be voted on one ballot at die YMCA Hall, County Road; on Tuesday, April 11, 2000; the polls shall 
open at 10:00 a.m. and shall close at 8:00 p.m.; (2) to act on the transfer of any surplus funds in the Electric 
Division, Department of Utilities; (3) to amend the action taken by the Town under Article 8 of the October 20, 
1997, Special Town Meeting with respect to the effective date for local acceptance of Massachusetts General 
Laws Chapter 64G, Section 3 A; and (4) to transfer a sum of money from water surplus to the sewer fund; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that Town vote: (1) to fix the salary and compensation of all elected Town 
Officers as presented in the town and school operating budgets; (2) to choose the following officers, viz: 
Constable for one [1] year; Moderator for one [1] year; one [1] Selectman for three [31 years; one [1] member of 
the Housing Authority for five [51 years; two [2] members of the School Committee for three [31 years; the above 
officers and two ballot referendum questions to be voted on one ballot at the VFW Hall, County Road; on 
Tuesday, April 11, 2000; the polls shall open at 10:00 a.m. and shall close at 8:00 p.m. (3) to transfer $209,244 
from surplus funds in the Electric Division, Department of Utilities to reduce taxes; (4) to amend the action taken 
by the Town under Article 8 of the October 20, 1997, Special Town Meeting with by changing the effective date 
for local acceptance of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 64G, Section 3A from July 01, 1998, to January 01, 
2000; and (5) to transfer the sum of $27,000 from the water fund to the sewer fund. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 2 

To see if the Town will vote to choose one member of the Finance Committee for three (3) years. 

Finance Committee member Clark Ziegler moved that the Town elect Mary P. Harrington to the Finance 
Committee for a term of three (3) years. Seconded. Mr. Ziegler spoke for and urged support for Mary P. 
Harrington. It was moved, seconded and so voted to close the nominations. Motion to elect Mary P. Harrington 



to the Finance Committee carried by a unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 3 

To see if the Town will vote: 

to amend its action taken under Article 9 of the April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting (the FYOO Municipal 

Operating Budget), as amended by Article 1 of the October 18, 1999, Special Town Meeting, by transferring 

sums of money between departmental accounts, and/or by consolidating categories within departmental accounts, 

the total appropriation to remain the same as previously appropriated as a result of these transfers and/or 

consolidations; and 

to appropriate a sum of money in addition to the sums already having been appropriated under Article 14 of the 

April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting and Article 1 of the October 18, 1999, Special Town Meeting (the FYOO 

Water Division Budget), said sum to be raised by transferring an equal sum from water surplus; or to take any 

other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote to: amend its action taken under Article 9 of the April 5, 1999, 
Annual Town Meeting (the FYOO Municipal Operating Budget), as amended by Article 1 of the October 18, 1999, 
Special Town Meeting, by transferring sums of money between departmental accounts, and/or by consolidating 
categories within departmental accounts, the total appropriation to remain the same as previously appropriated as a 
result of these transfers and/or consolidations, as indicated: From : 

To: 



1. Adjust wages (to fund Library contract) as follows: 
Increase Library Salaries 

Decrease Miscellaneous Finance 
(salary transfer account) 

2. Increase Miscellaneous Finance/Debt Service: 
Interest Expense (Eagle Hill) 

Decrease sums in the following Accounts: 

Elections Salaries 

Miscellaneous Finance (Insurance) 

Police Salaries 

Fire Expenses 

Highway Expense 

Forestry Expense 

Cemeteries Wages 

3. Decrease Building Insp. Salaries 
Increase Building Insp. Expenses 

4. Decrease Health Dept. Salaries 
Increase Health Dept. Expenses 

5. Increase Assessors Salaries 
Decrease Misc. Fin. (091) Expense 
Decrease Highway Expense 
Decrease Cemetery Expense 
Decrease Equip. Maim. Expense 



$282,550 
54,769 

118,380 



$291,125 
46,194 

129,645 



15,728 


14,728 


154,332 


151,332 


1,413,595 


1,410,595 


119,331 


118,366 


184,276 


182,276 


16,703 


15,703 


261,206 


260,906 


76,659 


75,759 


9,370 


10,270 



53,707 50,957 

30,247 32,997 



131,910 
99,775 
182,276 
45,770 
52,286 



134,714 
98,775 
180,872 
45,570 
52,086 



Increase Veterans Expenses 
Increase Reserve Fund 



42,950 



80,000 
43,750 



95,000 



3,090 


2,790 


98,775 


97,275 


292,285 


285,285 


180,872 


179,372 


52,086 


51,086 


544,706 


543,706 


9,247 


8,247 


99,413 


97,913 


291,125 


290,125 


10,088 


11,088 


109,828 


108,828 


8,424 


10,824 


39,100 


36,700 


10,500 


15,500 


58,000 


53,000 



Decrease Hist. Commission Exp. 
Decrease Misc. Fin. (091) Expense 
Decrease Highway Salaries 
Decrease Highway Expense 
Decrease Equip. Maint. Expense 
Decrease Sanitation Comp. Contract 
Decrease SWTS Expense 
Decrease Recreation Salaries 
Decrease Library Salaries 

7. Increase Harbors Expense 
Decrease Police Expense 

8. Increase Harbors Salaries 
Decrease Shellfish Salaries 

9. Increase Planning Contracts Expense 
Decrease Legal Expense 

10. Increase Planning Salaries 84,100 85,372 
Decrease Conservation Expense 2,485 2,313 
Decrease Planning Expense 15,420 14,320 

the total appropriation to remain the same as previously appropriated. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 4 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Articles 1 1 and 12 of the April 5, 1999, Annual 
Town Meeting (School Capital Projects and Debt Service, and the FY2000 School Budget, respectively), the latter 
as amended by Article 22 of the October 18, 1999, Special Town Meeting, by increasing the appropriations there- 
under, and to transfer an equal sum from available funds for said purposes; or to take any other action relative 
thereto. 

School Committee Member Joan Arsenault moved that the Town vote: 1) to amend its action taken under Article 
12 of die April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting (the FY2000 School Budget) as amended by Article 22 of the 
October 18, 1999, Special Town Meeting, by increasing the total appropriation by $19,660, (from $13,195,359 to 
$13,215,019) and to raise this appropriation by transferring from available funds (Chapter 70) $19,660; and 2) to 
amend its action taken under Article 11 of the April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting (School Capital Projects and 
Debt Service), by increasing the total appropriation by $19,455, (from $1,543,645 to $1,563,100) and by 
transferring from free cash the sum of $19,455. Seconded. 

School Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 5 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to re-authorize the revolving fund established under Massachusetts General Laws 
Chapter 44, Section 53E'/2 for Building Department permit revenues (net of plumbing and gas fees) collected in 
excess of $105,000, the purpose of said fund being to finance additional part-time help in the Building Department 
and to pay related expenditures; and (2) to determine that no more than $10,000 may be expended by the Building 
Department in FY01 from such excess funds transferred into such revolving fund; or to take any other action 
relative thereto. 



PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



FY1998 
EXPENDED 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT: ADMINISTRATION & LEGAL 



FY1999 
EXPENDED 



FY2000 * 
APPRO. 



FY2001 

FIN. COMM. 

RECOMMEND 



003 SELECTMEN: 

Salaries & Wages 
' Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

005 TOWN MANAGER: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Labor Consultants 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

007 LEGAL: 

Town Counsel-Litigation 
Town Counsel Expenses 
Total 

009 MODERATOR: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Total 

01 1 FINANCE COMMITTEE: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Total 

TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT: 
ADMINISTRATION & LEGAL 



$4,000 


$4,000 


$5,600 


$5,680 


6,266 


7,016 


7,280 


7,504 














10,266 


11,016 


12,880 


13,184 


113,490 


117,885 


122,954 


127,191 


11,280 


12,831 


12,982 


12,840 


12,236 


16,000 


18,000 


12,000 














137,006 


146,716 


153,936 


152,031 


42,295 











22,749 


56,500 


58,000 


35,000 


65,044 


56,500 


58,000 


35,000 


100 


100 


100 


200 














100 


100 


100 


200 


563 


2,408 


2,800 


1,800 


4,163 


4,900 


4,900 


4,700 


4,726 


7,308 


7,700 


6,500 


217,142 


221,640 


232,616 


206,915 



FINANCE DEPARTMENT 



015 ELECTIONS & REGISTRATIONS: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

025 ACCOUNTANT: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 



8,266 


19,262 


15,728 


17,597 


6,610 


8,733 


9,841 


10,345 








1,000 





14,876 


27,995 


26,569 


27,942 


114,760 


118,424 


119,987 


116,715 


3,732 


10,741 


5,849 


6,251 














118,492 


129,165 


125,836 


122,966 



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PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



026 MANAGEMENT INFO. SYSTEMS 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
' Total 

029 ASSESSORS: 
Salaries & Wages 
Consultants 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

033 TREASURER/COLLECTOR: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

035 PURCHASING & BUDGET 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

039 TOWN CLERK: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

TOTAL FINANCE DEPARTMENT 

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 



FY1998 


FY1999 


FY2000 * 


FY2001 


EXPENDED 


EXPENDED 


APPRO. 


FIN. COMM. 
RECOMMEND 


45,335 


46,350 


41,320 


41,320 


33,974 


33,769 


33,923 


55,070 


10,460 


13,000 


43,000 





89,769 


93,119 


118,243 


96,390 


119,903 


125,613 


131,910 


133,335 


9,900 


3,500 








9,159 


10,385 


12,450 


9,920 











3,600 


138,962 


139,498 


144,360 


146,855 


105,955 


111,335 


115,655 


129,541 


26,302 


23,350 


26,605 


30,989 


1,416 











133,673 


134,685 


142,260 


160,530 


29,935 


31,437 


32,943 


32,613 


8,618 


7,635 


9,560 


7,260 


14,995 


12,000 








53,548 


51,072 


42,503 


39,873 


63,830 


66,763 


70,377 


70,970 


3,943 


8,588 


8,140 


7,673 


3,795 


2,000 








71,568 


77,351 


78,517 


78,643 


620,888 


652,885 


678,288 


673,199 



063 



064 



PLANNING BOARD: 










Salaries & Wages 


73,693 


78,430 


84,100 


85,600 


Expenses 


20,608 


33,852 


10,920 


7,082 


Capital Outlay 








25,000 





Total 


94,301 


112,282 


120,020 


92,682 


PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS: 










Salaries & Wages 














Expenses 








10,500 


2,860 


Capital Outlay 











35,000 


Total 








10,500 


37,860 



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PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



065 HISTORICAL COMMISSION: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 

.Capital Outlay 
Total 

066 CONSERVATION COMMISSION: 
Salaries & Wages 

Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

TOTAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT 

PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT 



FY1998 


FY1999 


FY2000 * 


FY2001 


EXPENDED 


EXPENDED 


APPRO. 


FIN. COMM. 
RECOMMEND 





50 


50 


50 


1,915 


2,865 


3,090 


3,690 


4,200 


2,700 








6,115 


5,615 


3,140 


3,740 


23,344 


42,848 


46,407 


46,492 


1,475 


2,810 


2,485 


2,570 














24,819 


45,658 


48,892 


49,062 



125,235 



163,555 



182,552 



183,344 



101 POLICE: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 

Ambulance Contract 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

102 HARBORS: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

103 FIRE: 

Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

112 SHELLFISH: 

Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 



1,233,222 


1,354,099 


1,413,595 


1,579,598 


89,166 


103,553 


109,828 


119,419 


134,915 


139,541 


.143,722 


146,970 


55,314 


46,500 


80,700 


107,400 


1,512,617 


1,643,693 


1,747,845 


1,953,387 


4,851 


5,872 


8,424 


10,535 


,7,800 


8,755 


10,088 


13,751 














12,651 


14,627 


18,512 


24,286 


877,799 


935,439 


960,118 


995.846 


94,845 


117,310 


119,331 


124,103 


104,738 


54,600 


28,900 ' 


49,000 


1,077,382 


1,107,349 


1,108,349 


1,168,949 


36,381 


37,346 


39,100 


39,100 


4,200 


5,092 


4,071 


4,426 














40,581 


42,438 


43,171 


43,526 



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PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



114 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

116 ANIMAL CONTROL: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

. TOTAL PUBLIC SAFETY DEPT 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 



FY1998 


FY1999 


FY2000 * 


FY2001 


EXPENDED 


EXPENDED 


APPRO. 


FIN. COMM. 
RECOMMEND 


3,400 


3,400 


3,400 


3,400 


1,739 


1,851 


2,127 


2,385 














5,139 


5,251 


5,527 


5,785 


32,178 


32,732 


38,376 


36,740 


7,449 


8,966 


10,376 


9,433 


2,620 











42,247 


41,698 


48,752 


46,173 


2,690,617 


2,855,056 


2,972,156 


3,242,106 



301 ADMINISTRATION: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

303 HIGHWAY: 

Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Road Treatment 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

109 FORESTRY: 

Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 



79,446 


84,205 


87,969 


88,607 


2,641 


4,332 


5,424 


5,717 














82,087 


88,537 


93,393 


94,324 


236,156 


282,144 


292,285 


300,674 


177,369 


187,124 


189,196 


190,177 


266,076 


302,616 


316,260 


316,260 


174,719 


239,500 


91,111 


150,000 


854,320 


1,011,384 


888,852 


957,111 


60,568 


74,325 


75,131 


79,364 


13,924 


17,968 


16,703 


17,312 








90,000 





74,492 


92,293 


181,834 


96,676 



305 SNOW & ICE CONTROL: 
Expenses 



143,997 



131,370 



131,370 



132,529 



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309 EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

403 SANITATION CONTRACT: 

Sanitation Composite Contract 

Expenses 

Capital Outlay 

Total 

405 SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

407 TOWN HALL & ANNEX: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

410 CEMETERIES, PARKS & BUILDING MAINTEN 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Road Treatment 
Capital Outlay 
Total 



TOTAL PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. 



FY1998 


FY1999 


FY2000 * 


FY2001 


EXPENDED 


EXPENDED 


APPRO. 


FIN. COMM. 
RECOMMEND 


35,997 


39,647 


39,798 


42,124 


51,501 


53,291 


52,286 


50,959 


1,000 


6,450 


10,000 


12,500 


88,498 


99,388 


102,084 


105,583 


499,131 


523,755 


544,706 


668,676 


1,555 


3,500 


3,500 


7,100 














500,686 


527,255 


548,206 


675,776 


30,666 


34,525 


34,721 


36,715 


4,319 


6,161 


9,247 


7,376 


1,000 











35,985 


40,686 


43,968 


44,091 


27,316 


30,088 


30,282 


31,832 


32,664 


37,947 


37,072 


36,977 


14,713 





7,500 





74,693 


68,035 


74,854 


68,809 


MCE: 

229,079 


257,283 


261,206 


268,265 


38,400 


41,684 


45,770 


48,517 


2,875 











6,255 


65,150 


21,000 


12,500 


, 276,609 


364,117 


327,976 


329,282 


2,131,367 


2.423,065 


2,392,537 


2.504,181 



u 



PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



FY1998 
EXPENDED 



CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT 



FY1999 
EXPENDED 



FY2000 ' 
APPRO. 



FY2001 

FIN. COMM. 

RECOMMENC 



490 BUILDING INSPECTION: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

061 APPEALS BOARD: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

501 HEALTH. 

' Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

502 HEALTH CONTRACTS: 
Expenses 
Consultants 
Total 

TOTAL CODE ENFORCEMENT 

HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT 



69,785 


72,068 


76,659 


92,591 


7,780 


4,146 


9,370 


6,045 


1,912 











79,477 


76,214 


86,029 


98,636 


7,169 


7,661 


16,342 


16,496 


1,408 


1,970 


2,770 


2,900 














8,577 


9,631 


19,112 


19,396 


56,828 


58,946 


53,707 


60,479 


30,873 


26,733 


30,747 


30,945 


630 











88,331 


85,679 


84,454 


91,424 


214,528 


184,223 


202,669 


234,413 


3,240 


4,500 


4,500 


4,500 


217,768 


188,723 


207,169 


238,913 



394,153 



360,247 



396,764 



448,369 



520 RECREATION AND YOUTH SERVICES: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses ^ 

Capital Outlay 
Total 

531 COUNCIL ON AGING: 
Salaries & Wages 
Expenses 
Capital Outlay 
Total 

551 VETERANS' BENEFITS: 
Expenses 
Total 

TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES DEPT. 



90,445 


96,962 


99,413 


96,867 


23,004 


24,658 


27,222 


31,830 


10,466 











123,915 


121,620 


126,635 


128,697 


39,398 


43,532 


46,713 


48,232 


21,804 


22,997 


24,008 


24,992 





10,000 








61,202 


76,529 


70,721 


73,224 


11,067 


18,000 


80,000 


57,000 


11,067 


18,000 


80,000 


57,000 



196,184 



216,149 



277,356 



258,921 



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PROPOSED MUNICIPAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR TOWN MEETING ACTION 



FY1998 FY1999 FY2000 ' 

EXPENDED EXPENDED APPRO. 



FY2001 

FIN. COMM. 

RECOMMEND 



LIBRARY 

601 LIBRARY: 

Salaries & Wages 

Expenses 

Capital Outlay 

TOTAL LIBRARY DEPT 

UNCLASSIFIED 



227,358 


263,867 


282,550 


284,584 


101,297 


126,776 


125,467 


129,153 


5,436 


1,800 


2.200 


14.600 



334,091 



392,443 



410,217 



428,337 



013 RESERVE FUND: (Transfers dispersed into appropriate budgets in prior years) 

25,550 



071 BENEFITS: 

Military Service Credits 
County Retirement System 
Health & Life 
Medicare 

Consolidated Benefits 
TOTAL BENEFITS 



58,800 



60,000 



081 INSURANCE: 

091 OFFICE SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT: 
Wages 
Expenses 

091 SALARY TRANSFER ACCOUNT: ** 



769,595 
769,595 

117,393 




84,445 



823,109 
823,109 

140,325 




139,375 

24.546 



831,145 
831,145 

154,332 




104,775 

54,759 



923,680 
923,680 

148,122 



6,750 
95,575 

60,000 



701 DEBT SERVICE: 










Payment of Principal 





150,138 


118,380 


186,467 


Payment of Interest 


83,767 


95,000 


239,000 


319,000 


Interest on Tax Ant. Notes; Debt Issuance Fees 





7,920 


12,045 


8.438 


Total 


83,767 


253,058 


369,425 


513,905 



TOTAL UNCLASSIFIED: 

TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET:*" 



* Note: FY2000 reflects Reserve Fund transfers through November 30, 1999. 
" Represents allowance for salary/wage increases: appropriations approved in 

prior years have been dispersed into individual department budgets. 
***FY98 through FYO0 budget totals adjusted by deleting Sewer Division. 



1,055.200 


1.405.963 


1,573,236 


1,808,032 


S7, 764, 877 


S8.691.003 


S9. 115, 722 


S9, 753. 404 



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Selectman Brad Hill moved that the Town vote: (1) to continue a revolving fund under Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 44, Section 53EV4 into which to deposit Building Department permit revenues (net of plumbing 
and gas permit fees) collected in excess of $105,000, to fund additional part-time help in the Building Department 
and to pay expenditures related thereto, and to determine that the total of $10,000 may be expended by the 
Building Department in FY01 from such excess funds transferred into such Building Department revolving fund. 
Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 6 

To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money from available funds to pay unpaid bills incurred in prior 
years and remaining unpaid; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Brad Hill moved that the Town vote: (1) to appropriate the sum of $20.24 to pay bills incurred in prior 
years and remaining unpaid: 

Accounting Expenses 

Corecomm, Inc. $ 20.24; and 

(2) to raise this appropriation by transferring the sum of $20.24 from free cash. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 7 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 57C, 
relative to the issuance of quarterly tax bills for real estate and personal property; or to take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws 
Chapter 59, Section 57C relative to the issuance of quarterly tax bills for real estate and personal property. 
Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee voted 7-2 in favor. The voice vote was 
inconclusive. On a hand count with 332 voting in favor and 117 voting against, the motion passed. 

ARTICLE 8 

To hear and act upon the report of the Finance Committee relative to the municipal budget, and to raise, 
appropriate, transfer money from available funds, and change the purpose of the unexpended balances of prior 
appropriations, all to be used for the ensuing year's operations, including the compensation of elected Town 
Officers; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Finance Committee Chairman Mary Harrington moved that the Town vote: (1) to raise and appropriate the sum of 
($9,546,931) for the purposes indicated in the FY01 Municipal Operating Budget as outlined in the Finance 
Committee Report (as amended by the handout provided this evening), and that: 
for the FY01 Municipal Operating Budget of $9,546,931 

the town transfer from available funds: 

Free Cash 476,191 



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Free Cash (restricted revenue - Library) 8,130 

Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge In Lieu of Taxes 25,147 

Waterways Improvement Fund (Offset Harbors Expense) 5,500 

Wetlands Protection Fund (Offset Conservation Commission) 3,829 

Cemetery Sale of Lots Fund (Offset Cemetery Capital) 7,500 

Cemetery Flower Fund (Offset Cemeteries Expense) 600 

Lottery Fund Additional Distribution - 54,411 

Overlay Surplus 138,914 

Library Construction Grant 51,257 

$771,479 
Leaving a net to be raised and assessed of: $8,775,452 

and 2) to raise and appropriate: 

For Override Debt Service: 206,473 

For a Total Appropriation of: $9,753,404 

And a Net to be Raised and Assessed: $8,981 ,925 

Seconded. 

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 9 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money for debt service payments and other costs related 
to the construction and furnishing of the new middle school and high school including, without limitation, moving 
expenses and expenses necessary to secure the former Whipple Middle School; and (2) to determine whether said 
appropriation shall be raised by taxes, by transfer from available funds, or otherwise; or to take any other action 
relative thereto. 

School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Loeb moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$2,555,003 for FY01 debt service payments related to the construction and furnishing of the new middle school 
and high school. Seconded. 

The School Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Motion carried 
by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 10 

To hear and act upon the reports of the Finance Committee and of the School Committee relative to the School 
Department budget and to raise, appropriate, transfer money from available funds, and change the purpose of the 
unexpended balances of prior appropriations, all to be used'for the ensuing year's operations; to act upon a 
request to authorize the school department to enter one or more contracts for the purchase of goods and/or 
services for a duration in excess of three years; to act upon a request to establish one or more new revolving 
funds, pursuant to state law; and to authorize the school department to procure goods on a lease-purchase basis by 
one or more contract(s) having a term in excess of one (1) fiscal year; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Loeb moved that the Town vote: 

(1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,231,960 for the School Department budget for FY01 and 

for the FY01 School Department Budget of $14,231,960 

(2) to transfer from available funds: 

Free ash 476,192 

Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge In Lieu of Taxes 25, 146 

Lottery Fund Additional Distribution 54,412 

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Overlay Surplus 138,914 

$ 694,664 
Leaving a subtotal (for the school operating budget) 
net to be raised and assessed of: $13,537,296 

and 

(3) to authorize the school department procure goods on a lease-purchase basis by one or more 

contract(s) having a term in excess of one (1) fiscal year, specifically for musical instruments. 
Seconded. 

The School Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 11 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to cover the Town's share of the ensuing 
year's annual operating and debt service expenses of the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School 
District; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman/Whittier School Representative Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of $104,510 for the Town's share of the FY01 annual operating, capital, and debt service expenses of the 
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School District. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by 
unanimous voice vote. 

School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Loeb expressed appreciation to Eugene Hailson for his years of service as the 
Whittier School Representative. 

ARTICLE 12 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the ensuing year's expenses of the 
Water Division, Department of Utilities, said sum to be offset by revenues of the Water Division during FY2001; 
and (2) to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the ensuing year's expenses of the Sewer Division, 
Department of Utilities, said sum to be offset by revenues of the Sewer Division during FY2001 ; or to take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote: 

(1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,575,801 for the FY01 operating, debt service, and capital expenses of 
the Water Division, Department of Utilities, said sum to be offset by revenues from the water the water division 
during FY01 as follows: 

for the FY01 Water Budget of $1,554,745 

the town transfer from available funds: 

Water Surplus 118,311 

Leaving a net to be raised and assessed: $1,436,434 

(which net sum shall be offset by revenues of 
the water division during FY01). 

and 

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(2) to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,088,057 for the FY01 operating, debt service, and capital 

expenses of the Wastewater Division, Department of Utilities, said sum to be offset by revenues from the sewer 

division during FY01 . Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 13 

>.« 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of monies to pay tuition costs for Ipswich high school 
students attending the Essex Agricultural Institute for FY01; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,700 to pay tuition 
costs for Ipswich high school students attending the Essex Agricultural Institute for FY01. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 14 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money to survey, design, and undertake repairs to roads 
and bridges under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, and to obtain any materiel and/or services 
incidental thereto; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire easements in conjunction therewith by 
purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; (3) in furtherance of the project(s), to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants without further appropriation 
thereof; (4) to determine whether said appropriation shall be raised by taxes, by transfer from available funds, or 
by borrowing; and (5) to appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that appropriated under Article 15 of the 
April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting, as amended under Article 23 of the October 18, 1999, Special Town 
Meeting, to survey, design, and undertake repairs to roads and bridges under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the 
General Laws, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto, and to transfer an equal sum from 
available funds; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Brad Hill moved that the Town vote: 

(1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $214,756 to engage engineering services and to acquire any related 
materiel and/or services for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges under Chapter 90 of the 
General Laws, as amended; 

(2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend without further appropriation any federal 
and/or state grants which may be available for the aforementioned purposes; and 

(3) to amend its action taken under Article 15 of the Warrant for the April 5, 1999, Annual Town Meeting, as 
amended by its action taken under Article 23 of the Warrant for the October 18, 1999, Special Town Meeting, by 
increasing the FY2000 appropriation for Chapter 90 purposes from $107,378 to $214,746, said increase to be 
raised by the transfer from available funds (Chapter 90) of an equal sum. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 15 

To hear and act on the reports of the Committees and to continue such Committees as the Town may vote to 
continue; and to amend the "charter" of the Open Space Committee established under Article 17 of the Warrant 
for the October 17, 1992, Special Town Meeting; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

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Town Manager George Howe read the report for the Coalition for Youth and moved to accept the report and 
continue the committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

Dorcas Rice read the report (poem) for the Commuter Rail Committee and moved to accept the report and 
continue the committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

Larry Seidler read the report for the School Building Committee and moved to accept the report and continue the 
committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

Glenn Hazelton read the report for the Open Space Committee and moved to accept the report and continue the 
committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

Glenn Hazelton moved to amend the charter for the Open Space Committee (as established under Article 17 of the 
Warrant for the October 17, 1992, Special Town Meeting, by adding the following listed responsibility: 

" * to perform an advocacy role for the protection of fragile resources, preservation of the Town's landscape 
character, and improved management of open space, by actively encouraging and working with other 
governmental agencies, private institutions and individuals to fulfill the objectives of the Open Space and 
Recreation Plan . " Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Planning Board unanimously recommended. Motion carried 
unanimously. 

Terri Stephens read the report for the Hall-Haskell House Committee and moved to accept the report and continue 
the committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

Moderator Grimes moved to continue the Historic District Study Committee and the School Building Needs 
Committee. Seconded. Motion carried unanimously. 

ARTICLE 16 

To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money: (1) to remodel, reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary 
repairs to the Whipple Middle School as a municipal center, and to obtain any materiel and or services incidental 
thereto; (2) in furtherance of the project, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any 
federal, state and/or private grants without further appropriation thereof; and (3) to raise this appropriation by 
authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes under the 
provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended; said appropriation to be 
contingent on the passage of a ballot referendum under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 
59, Section 21C (k) and (m) and Town of Ipswich General Bylaws, Chapter II, Section 6; or to take any other 
action relative thereto. A 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote: (1) to appropriate the sum of $4,100,000 to remodel, 
reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary repairs to the Whipple Middle School as a municipal services center and 
to obtain any materiel and or services incidental thereto; (2) in furtherance of the project, to authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants without further 
appropriation thereof; and (3) to meet this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 
44, Section 7(22); said appropriation to be contingent on the passage of the following question which shall appear 
on the official ballot, in fulfillment of the provisions of Town of Ipswich General Bylaws, Chapter II, Section 6 
and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 59, Section 21C. clause (k): 

"(a) Shall the Town approve the appropriation voted under Article 16 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, 
Annual Town Meeting: to remodel, reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary repairs to the Whipple Middle School 

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as a municipal services center, and to obtain any materiel and or services incidental thereto; and to raise this 
appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial 
notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, provided that the 
appropriation shall not take effect until the Town votes to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by 
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2 x h) amounts required to pay the principal of 
and interest on the borrowing; and (b) Shall the Town of Ipswich be allowed to exempt from the provisions of 
proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to remodel, 
reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary repairs to the Whipple Middle School as a municipal services center and 
to obtain any materiel and or services incidental thereto? YES/ /NO/ /" 
Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. On a hand count with 524 voting in 
favor and 22 voting against, the motion passed by the required 2/3 's majority vote. 

At the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, the ballot question passed with a vote of 1,468 for and 
758 against. 

ARTICLE 17 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to authorize the sale of the Memorial Building, situate in the area of Central 
Street (Assessors Map 42A, Lot 261), consisting of 17,270 square feet, more or less, and the building thereon 
(Essex County South District Registry of Deeds Book 2484, Page 45); (2) to set a minimum acceptable selling 
price for said sale; and (3) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute any and all instruments necessary to 
effectuate said sale; or to take any other action relative thereto 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote to transfer to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of 
conveyance, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell, for a minimum price of $1.00, the Memorial 
Building, situate in the area of Central Street (Assessors Map 42A, Lot 261), consisting of 17,270 square feet, 
more or less, and the building thereon (Essex County South District Registry of Deeds Book 2484, Page 45), 
subject to such exterior preservation covenants as the Board of Selectmen (with the advice of the Historical 
Commission) deems appropriate, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute any and all instruments 
necessary to effectuate said sale. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. On a hand count with 9 voting against 
and 20 voting in favor, Moderator Grimes declared the motion passed by the required 2/3 majority vote. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher asked for a moment of silence in memory of Harris Smith. 

ARTICLE 18 

To see if the Town will vote: 

(a) to appropriate a sum of money to purchase the fee or lesser interest(s) in real estate for open space, water 
supply protection, recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general municipal purposes not to include 
lands to be controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, Sewer or Electric Departments, and to 
obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any such real estate shall be identified by 
assessors' map and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the Town Clerk and the Director of 
Planning and Development on or before March 31, 2000, or as amended thereafter by action of Town Meeting; 

(b) to authorize the Town to sell, in accordance with applicable laws, portions of any properties acquired under 
this article not otherwise to be used for open space, water supply protection or recreation, the revenue there from 
to be deposited into the capital projects fund within which the proceeds of bonds issued hereunder shall have been 
placed, said revenues to be expended for the payment of debt service on the bonds issued hereunder; 

(c) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be 
necessary, on behalf of the Town of Ipswich, to effect said purchases or sales, or to take any other action thereon; 
provided, however, that any such purchase or sale which exceeds $1,500,000 shall require a specific town 

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meeting vote approving same; 

(d) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to contract for and expend any Federal or State aid or grants available for 
these purchases, and to accept and expend any private grants or funds offered for these purchases; 

(e) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to adopt and from time to time amend written policies establishing and 
directing the procedures to be followed for the nomination, acquisition, or disposal of parcels or interests in 
parcels purchased pursuant to the provisions of this Article; and 

(f) to raise this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue 
bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7 (3); said 
appropriation to be contingent on the passage of an override of proposition two and one-half pursuant to the 
provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 21C(k); or to take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that the Town vote: 

(a) to appropriate the sum of $10,000,000 to purchase the fee or lesser interest(s) in real estate for open space, 
water supply protection, recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general municipal purposes not to 
include lands to be controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, Sewer or Electric 
Departments, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any such real estate shall 
be identified by assessors' map and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the Town Clerk and the 
Director of Planning and Development on or before March 31, 2000 or as amended thereafter by action of Town 
Meeting; and 

(b) to authorize the Town to sell, in accordance with applicable laws, portions of any properties acquired under 
this article not otherwise to be used for open space, water supply protection or recreation, the revenue there from 
to be deposited into the capital projects fund within which the proceeds of bonds issued hereunder shall have been 
placed, said revenues to be expended for the payment of debt service on the bonds issued hereunder; 

(c) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be 
necessary, on behalf of the Town of Ipswich, to effect said purchases or sales, or to take any other action thereon; 
provided, however, that any such purchase or sale which exceeds $1,500,000 shall require a specific town 
meeting vote approving same; 

(d) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to contract for and expend any Federal or State aid or grants available for 
these purchases, and to accept and expend any private grants or funds offered for these purchases; 

(e) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to adopt and from time to time amend written policies establishing and 
directing the procedures to be followed for the nomination, acquisition, or disposal of parcels or interests in 
parcels purchased pursuant to the provisions of this Article; and 

(f) to raise this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue 
bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7 (3); said 
appropriation to be contingent on the passage of a Proposition 2 x h override pursuant to the provisions of 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 21C(k). 

The questions to appear on the ballot shall read: 

"(a) Shall the Town approve the appropriation voted under Article 18 of the Warrant of the April 3, 2000, Annual 
Town Meeting to purchase the fee or lesser interest(s) in real estate for open space, water supply protection, 
recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general municipal purposes not to include lands to be 
controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, Sewer or Electric Departments, and to obtain any 
materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any such real estate shall be identified by assessors' map 
and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the Town Clerk and the Director of Planning and 
Development on or before March 31, 2000 or as amended thereafter by action of Town Meeting?; and 

(b) Shall the Town of Ipswich be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so 
called, the amount required to pay for the bond or bonds issued to purchase die fee or lesser interest(s) in real 
estate for open space, water supply protection, recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general 
municipal purposes not to include lands to be controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, 
Sewer or Electric Departments, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any 

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such real estate shall be identified by assessors' map and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the 
Town Clerk and the Director of Planning and Development on or before March 31, 2000 or as amended thereafter 
by action of Town Meeting? 
Yes / / No / /" Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. .Finance Committee voted 8 to 1 in favor. On a hand count with 
369 voting in favor and 149 voting against, the motion passed by the required 2/3's majority vote. 

At the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, the ballot question passed with a vote of 1,403 for and 
876 against. 

ARTICLE 19 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money to survey, design and construct a pedestrian 
bridge crossing of the Ipswich River, to be located in the area of South Main Street and Union Street, and to 
obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; and (2) to determine if said appropriation shall be raised by 
taxes, by transfer from available funds, by borrowing, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate $100,000 to survey, design, and 
construct a pedestrian bridge across the Ipswich River, to be located in the area of South Main Street and Union 
Street, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants without further appropriation thereof; and 
(3) to meet this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue 
bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee voted 7 to 2 in favor as a $100,000 limit. 

The voice vote was inconclusive. On a hand count with 366 voting in favor and 55 voting against, the motion 
passed by the required 2/3's majority vote. 

ARTICLE 20 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money to survey, design, and construct an addition to 
the Fowlers Lane electric substation, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; (2) to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to acquire easements necessary for said project, by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, 
or otherwise; (3) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or 
private grants without further appropriation thereof; and (4) to determine that said appropriation shall be raised by 
transfer of available funds or by borrowing; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate $850,000 to extend and enlarge the electric 
lighting plant, including surveying, designing, and constructing an addition to the Fowlers Lane electric substation 
and installing a new sub-transmission line from the High Street substation to the Fowlers Lane substation, and to 
obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire 
easements necessary for said project, by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; (3) to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants without further 
appropriation thereof; and (4) to meet this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 
44, Section 8. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. The voice vote on the motion was 
inconclusive. On a hand count with 360 voting in favor and 8 voting against, the motion passed by the required 
2/3's majority vote. 

ARTICLE 21 

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To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to survey and design streetscape and drainage 
improvements in the area of the North Green, and to survey, design, construct and/or reconstruct sidewalks; and 
to determine if this appropriation shall be raised by taxes, transfer from available funds, or by borrowing; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $350,000 to survey and design 
streetscape and drainage improvements in the area of the North Green, and to survey, design, construct and/or 
reconstruct sidewalks in Ipswich; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any 
federal, state and/or private grants in connection with said projects without further appropriation thereof; and (3) 
to meet this appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue 
bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts, Chapter 44, Section 7. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. The voice vote on the motion was 
inconclusive. On a hand count with 230 voting in favor and 171 voting against, the motion failed the 2/3's 
majority vote. 

ARTICLE 22 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that appropriated under 
Article 12 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, Annual Town Meeting, to supplement the FY01 wastewater 
division operating budget, to engage professional engineering services to evaluate the technical, economic, and 
regulatory feasibility, for the areas commonly known as Jeffrey's Neck, Great Neck and Little Neck, (a) of 
alternative technologies for on-site disposal works, (b) of standard collections systems and one or more 
neighborhood package wastewater treatment works, and (c) of standard collections systems and treatment at the 
Fowlers Lane treatment facility; and to obtain any materiel and or services incidental thereto; said appropriation 
to be offset by an equal sum of revenue from the wastewater division; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $72,000 to engage 
professional engineering services to evaluate the technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility, for the areas 
commonly known as Jeffrey's Neck, Great Neck and Little Neck, (a) of alternative technologies for on-site 
disposal works, (b) of standard collections systems and one or more neighborhood package wastewater treatment 
works, and (c) of standard collections systems and treatment at the Fowlers Lane treatment facility, and to obtain 
any materiel and or services incidental thereto; and (2) to determine that said $72,000 appropriation shall be offset 
by an equal sum of revenues from the Wastewater Division during FY01 . Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee voted 8 to 1 in favor. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

Harvey Schwartz ,11 Marshview Road moved that Article 31, concerning a building cap that was proposed by a 
citizens' petition, be considered and voted on immediately before consideration and voting on Article 23, a similar 
article proposed by the Growth Management Committee. He further moved that citizens be permitted to discuss 
both Article 31 and Article 23 during consideration of the two articles. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee were unanimously against changing the order of the articles on the 
Annual Town Meeting Warrant. On a hand count with 236 voting in favor and 139 voting against, the motion to 
move Article 31 before Article 23 passed by majority vote. 

ARTICLE 31 

Amend Section X. Special Regulations of the Protective Zoning By-law by adding a new subsection "J. 
Temporary Limit on Residential Building Permits," to read as follows: 

J. Temporary Limit on Residential Building Permits 

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1 . Intent and Purpose . Ipswich has no sufficiently effective method of controlling the rate of growth of its 
population and the provision of services for a growing population. A growth management committee has 
been formed and is studying proposals for managing the Town's growth, the effect of growth on the 
Town's infrastructure, character and municipal services, and the Town's ability to financially support 
adequate improvements that growth might require. The purpose of this by-law is to ensure that in the 
interim before the implementation of permanent growth controls that residential growth occurs in an 
orderly and planned manner, at a rate that can be supported by existing Town services. 

2. Applicability . No building permit for a new dwelling unit or units shall be issued unless in 

accordance with the regulations of this subsection. 

3. Growth Rate Limit . The Growth Rate Limit shall be twenty (20) dwelling units per year, to be 
granted at no more than ten (10) units in the first six months of a year and ten (10) units in the 
second six months of a year. After the growth rate limit has been reached in any year, the Building 
Inspector shall issue no additional building permits for dwelling units that year, except under the 
following sections a), b) and c). 

a. Notwithstanding any provision of this by-law, any person who owned a parcel of land in 

Ipswich as of the date of enactment of this by-law may be issued a building permit for a single residential 
dwelling unit on that parcel, either as a separate building or as an additional dwelling unit in the same 
building, to be occupied by himself or herself or an immediate family member. 

b. In addition to the twenty building permits allowed under the Growth Rate Limit, five 

(5) additional building permits may be issued in any year for construction of low and/or moderate income 
housing. 

c. Residential dwelling units on a Great Estate for which a development plan had been filed with 

the Planning Board as of the date of enactment of this bylaw shall not be subject to the Growth Rate Limit 
or the provisions of this subsection J and shall not be counted in computing the Growth Rate Limit. 

d. No developer shall be issued more than four (4) dwelling unit building permits in any year, 
except for multi-family buildings requiring Planning Board approval. 

e. No developer may have more than four (4) dwelling unit building permit applications pending 
at any one time, except for multi-family buildings requiring Planning Board approval. 

f. Building permits issued but then abandoned under the provisions of the State Building Code 
shall not be counted in computing the Growth Rate Limit. 

Definitions of Terms. 

a. "Growth Rate Limit" shall mean the maximum number of building permits for "Dwelling Units" 
that may be issued in the first twelve months following the enactment of this by-law and each successive 
twelve month period. The "Growth Rate Limit" shall not apply to or include building permits for expansion 
or modification of existing housing. It shall not apply to nonresidential business or commercial construction. 

b. "Developer" shall mean any entity, either an individual, a beneficial owner of a real estate trust, 
a partner in a partnership, or an officer or owner of a corporation or limited liability company, who 
requests one or more building permits for die construction of new dwelling units. 

c. "Dwelling unit" shall mean a separate permanent living facility for one or more persons, 
including provisions for cooking, sleeping, and sanitation, whether in a single-unit building or a multi-unit 
building. Each separate and distinct residential apartment or condominium in a building shall constitute a 
separate and distinct "dwelling unit." "Dwelling unit" shall not include such temporary housing as motel or 
hotel rooms. 

d. "Low and/or Moderate Income Housing" shall mean residential dwelling units for which (i) 
occupancy of the units is restricted to households qualifying under a Local Initiative Program as 
administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, and (ii) the affordable units are 
subject to a properly executed and recorded deed restriction running with the land which shall limit the 
successive resale price to an increase of ten (10) percent plus any increase in die consumer price index. 

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e. "Year" shall mean the 12-month period beginning on the day following the date of the Town 
meeting at which this bylaw is approved, and successive twelve-month periods. 

f. "Immediate family member" includes children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and 
brothers or sisters. 

4. Time Period . This Growth Rate Limit shall remain in effect for seven (7) years from its enactment, 
unless revoked or modified by Town Meeting before that time. 

Harvey Schwartz moved that the Town amend the Protective Zoning By-law of the Town of Ipswich as presented 
in Article 31 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, Annual Town Meeting, with the following change: in the first 
line, the reference shall be to Section IX, not Section X. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended against the motion. Planning Board voted 
3 to 1 against the motion. 

Several voters spoke for and against the motion. The question was moved and seconded. The voice vote to move 
the question was inconclusive. On a hand count with 267 voting in favor and 58 voting against, the motion to 
move the question passed. The voice vote on the main motion was inconclusive. On a hand count with 94 voting 
in favor and 251 voting against, the main motion failed to pass. 

ARTICLE 23 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich, by amending 
SECTION IX. SPECIAL REGULATIONS by adding a new subsection, "J. Temporary Limit on Residential 
Building Permits", to read as follows: 

"J. Temporary Limit on Residential Building Permits 

1 . Intent and Purpose 

This Subsection J. is adopted pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., c. 40A and the Home Rule Amendment, 
Article 89 of the Massachusetts Constitution, for the following purposes: 

a. To ensure that growth occurs in an orderly and planned manner, at a rate that can be 
supported by Town services, while avoiding large year to year variations in the development 
rate; 

b. To allow the Town time to undertake growth management planning and to provide the Town 
with time to study the effect of growth on the municipality's infrastructure, water supply, 
character and municipal services; 

c. To relate the rate of residential development to the Town's ability to provide adequate public 

safety, schools, roads, municipal infrastructure, and human services at the level of quality 
which citizens expect, and within the Town's ability to pay under the financial limitations of 
Proposition 2V£; 

d. To preserve the historic and rural small-town character of the community; and 

e. To allow departures from the strict application of the growth rate measures herein in order to 
encourage certain types of residential growth which address the housing needs of specific 
population groups. 

2. Applicability, Effect and Definitions 

a. No building permit shall be issued for a new dwelling unit between April 3, 2000, and July 

1, 2000, unless exempted by Paragraph 6 herein. 

b. Beginning on July 1, 2000, no building permit for a new dwelling unit or units shall be issued 
unless in accordance with the regulations of this Subsection J., or unless exempted by 

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Paragraph 6 herein. 

c. The provisions of this Subsection J. shall expire on July 1, 2003; however, by a vote of Town 

Meeting before said date, the provisions of this Subsection may be extended for an additional 
two years in order to complete the comprehensive municipal planning studies necessary to 
promote orderly growth. If such action is taken by Town Meeting prior to July 1, 2003, these 
provisions shall not be construed to have lapsed on such date. 

d. For the purposes of this Subsection J., the following terms shall have the following meaning: 

(i) "Growth Rate Limit" shall mean the maximum number of building permits that may be 

authorized in one year, which shall be 55 building permits for dwelling units. The 
Growth Rate Limit is based upon recent growth rates and an analysis of the 
Town's current and future ability to provide essential local services such as public 
safety, schools, public works and human services. 

(ii) "Development" shall mean a single parcel or set of contiguous parcels of land held in 

common ownership, regardless of form, at any time on or after the date of adoption of 
this Subsection J., for which one or more building permits will be sought. 

(iii) "Development Schedule" shall mean the schedule provided in Paragraph 4, which 
oudines the maximum building permit issuance per development. 

(iv) "Applicant" shall mean any business entity or any person who either as an 

individual, a beneficial owner of a real estate trust, a partner in a partnership, or 
an officer or owner of a corporation or a limited liability company, applies for one 
or more building permits for the construction of new residential dwelling units, 
(v) "Year" shall mean the period beginning July 1 and ending June 30. 

3. Planned Growth Rate 

a. The Growth Rate Limit shall be based on a target rate of 55 dwelling units per Year. In no 
case, however, shall the number of nonexempt building permits issued be reduced below 
permits for 15 dwelling units in any Year. 

b. Whenever the number of building permits issued for dwelling units equals the applicable 

Growth Rate Limit, the Building Inspector shall not issue building permits for any additional 
dwelling unit or units unless such unit or units are exempt under Paragraph 6. In addition, 
the Building Inspector shall not issue building permits in a Year for more than 25 dwelling 
units that are not exempt under Paragraph 6. 

c. Dwelling units authorized under a Development Schedule, but for which building permits 
have not been issued during the scheduled period set forth in Paragraph 4 below, shall not 
be counted in computing the applicable Growth Rate Limit. Building permits which are 
issued for dwelling units, but subsequently abandoned under the provisions of the State 
Building Code, shall not be counted in computing the applicable Growth Rate Limit. 

d. Administrative procedures for the issuance of building permits shall be established by the 

Building Inspector, consistent with the provisions of this Subsection J. 

4. Development Scheduling 

a. This Paragraph shall apply to the following types of Development which would result in the 
creation of new dwelling units: (i) definitive subdivision plans, (ii) plans subject to M.G.L. 
Chapter 41, Section 81P(ANR), and (iii) special permits. 

b. Dwelling units shall be considered as part of a single Development, for purposes of 
development scheduling, if located on either a single lot or on contiguous lots held by an 
Applicant in common ownership, regardless of form, at any time on or after the date of 

adoption of this Subsection J. 

c. Where consistent with the applicable Growth Rate Limit, building permits for the 
construction of dwelling units in the Developments described in sub-paragraph (a) above, 
shall be authorized only in accordance with the following table: 

Number of dwelling Maximum number of new 

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units in Development 


dwelling 


units allowed per year 


1-5 




1-5 


6-10 




5 


11-20 




6 


21-30 




7 


31-40 




8 


41-54 




9 


55-80 




10 


More than 80 


12.5% of total in Development 



Notwithstanding that a Development Schedule has been approved, the Building Inspector 
shall not be required to issue one or more building permits for the stated number of dwelling 
units if the issuance of a building permit would result in exceeding the Growth Rate Limit. 
Adoption of a Development Schedule shall not be construed as a commitment to issue 
building permits. The Planning Board shall not establish any Development Schedule that 
exceeds ten (10) years. 

Procedures For Development Schedules 

a. No building permits for new dwellings in a development which is subject to the 

requirements of Paragraph 4, Development Scheduling, shall be issued until a 
Development Schedule has been recorded in the Essex South District Registry of Deeds 
and a certified copy of the recorded Development Schedule has been filed with the 
Planning Board. 

b. Upon transfer of any lot or dwelling unit in the Developments subject to development 
scheduling, the deed shall include a reference to the Development Schedule and state the 
earliest date on which construction may be commenced in accordance with the 
provisions of this Subsection J. 

c. Not including building permits for dwelling units described in Paragraph 6, no Applicant 

shall be issued building permits for dwelling units in any one Year for more than twenty 
(20%) percent of the Growth Rate Limit. 

d. Procedures for Development Schedules shall be in accordance with rules and 

regulations, consistent with the provisions of this Subsection J., to be adopted by the 
Planning Board on or before July 1, 2000. 

Exemptions 

Dwelling units in the following types of Developments are specifically exempt from the 
Growth Rate Limit and Development Scheduling provisions of this Subsection J. Except for 
dwelling units described in sub-paragraphs (a) or (b) below, dwelling units in these 
Developments shall be included in computing the Growth Rate Limit in a Year. 

a. Applications for a building permit for the enlargement, restoration, or reconstruction of a 
dwelling unit in existence as of April 3, 2000, provided that no additional dwelling unit is 
created. 

b. All dwelling units allowed on a lot for which an Applicant has filed a preliminary concept 
plan with the Planning Board before April 3, 2000, under the Great Estate Preservation 
Development (GEPD) subsection of the Protective Zoning Bylaw; or if after such filing, the 
Applicant does not elect to develop the lot under said subsection, not more than fifty (50) 

dwelling units on the lot. 

c. Not more than two dwelling units on any lot created prior to April 3, 2000, are exempt 

from the provisions of this Subsection J. 

d. Dwelling units for low and/or moderate income families or individuals, which satisfy die 

requirements of SECTION IX., Subsection I. of this zoning bylaw. 



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e. Any lot existing and not held by an Applicant in common ownership with an adjacent lot 
on April 3, 2000, shall receive a one-time exemption from the Planned Growth Rate and 
Development Scheduling provisions for the purpose of constructing one dwelling unit on 
the lot. 

f. Dwelling units in the Business (B) District. 

g. If at the time a Development is ready for the issuance of building permits (i.e., all other 
municipal permits have been received and the Development is in compliance with those 
permits), and the Development Schedule does not accommodate issuing a building 
permit in that Year, one building permit for one dwelling unit will be issued each Year for 
the Development until such time as the Development Schedule accommodates issuing 
building permits. 

7. Zoning Change Protection 

Any protection against zoning changes provided by M.G.L. c. 40A, s.6, shall be extended to the 
earliest date on which the final unit in the development could be authorized under by this 
bylaw. 

8. Severability 

The provisions of this bylaw are hereby declared severable and, if any provision shall be held 
invalid or unconstitutional, it shall not be construed to affect the validity or constitutionality of 
any of die remaining provisions of this bylaw. "; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Planning Board member Joshua Massey moved that the Town vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the 
Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 23 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, Annual Town Meeting. 
Seconded. 

Planning Board unanimously recommended. Board of Selectmen voted 4 to 1 against the motion. Finance 
Committee voted 7 to 2 against the motion. 

Several voters spoke for and against the motion. The question was moved, seconded and so voted by a 
2/3's majority voice vote. On a hand count with 187 voting in favor and 141 voting against, the main motion 
failed by the required 2/3's majority vote. 

ARTICLE 24 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws of the Town of Ipswich, as follows: 

(1) Amend "CHAPTER IV GENERAL PROVISIONS ON BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND OFFICERS, 

Section 3. Annual Town Report ", in the first sentence by deleting the phrase "and distributed to the 
voters of the Town" so that said first sentence, as amended, shall read: "The Annual Town Report, as prepared 
and published by the Town Manager, shall be issued at least one week prior to the date of the Annual Town 
Meeting."; 

(2) Amend "CHAPTER V FINANCE COMMITTEE, Section 5. Annual Report and Recommendations ", 
subsection (a), first sentence, by deleting the words "to be distributed with the annual report of the other town 
officers" and by substituting in lieu thereof the following: "to be distributed to the town" so that said first sentence 
as amended shall read as follows: "It shall be the duty of the Committee to make an annual report to the 
Selectmen to be distributed to the town, and they shall cause the matter in hand to be arranged in clear, compact 
form, and they shall divide it in separate propositions wherever, in their judgment, such division may be 
desirable."; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Brad Hill moved that the Town vote to amend the General Bylaws of the Town of Ipswich as presented 

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in Article 24 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, Annual Town Meeting. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by a majority voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 25 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General By-Laws of the Town of Ipswich: 

(1) Chapter XV. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS FOR PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY, by adding a new 
" Section 18. Cat Control " as follows: 

" Section 18. Cat Control 

(a) All cats, over four (4) months old, owned or kept in the Town of Ipswich, must be licensed by 
the Town Clerk. Licenses shall be issued for a period of one (1) year, or part thereof, and shall 
expire on December 31 s ' of each year. At the time of licensing, proof of rabies inoculation by 
a licensed veterinarian using a vaccine approved by the Department of Public Health, proof of 
spaying or neutering, and identifying information about the cat must be presented to the Town 
Clerk. 

(b) License fees for unaltered cats shall be four ($4.00) dollars, and for altered cats shall be 
two ($2.00) dollars. 

(c) Owners or keepers of cats shall license said animals between January 1 and March 31 
each year or shall be subjected to a late fee of five ($5.00) dollars for each month or 
part thereof said license is issued after March 3 1 . 

(d) Enforcement. Violations of this Section shall be enforced in accordance with all other 
applicable laws governing municipal bylaws; however, at the option of the enforcing 
person, violations may be enforced non-criminally pursuant to M.G.L Chapter 40, 
Section 21D, rather than by a criminal complaint in District Court."; and 

(2) Chapter XVII. NON CRIMINAL DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN VIOLATIONS, Section 4. Applicable By 
-Laws, Rules or Regulations, Subsection B. General By-Laws , under the table listing penalties under CHAPTER 
XV, by adding a new subtitle 12. Licensing of Cats (Animal Control Officer) as follows: 

"12. Licensing of Cats (Animal Control Officer) 

a. First offense warning 

b. Second and subsequent offense $50.00"; 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by a majority voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 26 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to adopt a resolution requesting that the town administration include, within the 
scope of services for contracted trash collection, provision for said services to be rendered to: the condominium 
complex known as "Ipswich Club Homes Homeowners Association", located at The Ipswich Country Club, 
Ipswich; and (2) to raise and appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that appropriated under the municipal 
operating budget for FY2001, to pay for said additional services; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Michael O'Keefe, 5 Eagle Court moved that the Town vote (1) to adopt a resolution requesting that die town 
administration include, within the scope of services for contracted trash collection, provision for said services to 

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be rendered to: the condominium complex known as "Ipswich Club Homes Homeowners Association", located at 
The Ipswich Country Club, Ipswich; and (2) to raise and appropriate $33,324, in addition to that appropriated 
under the municipal operating budget for FY2001, to pay for said additional services. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended against the motion. The voice vote on 
the motion was inconclusive. On a hand count with 62 voting in favor and 96 voting against, the motion failed to 
pass. 

ARTICLE 27 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to adopt a resolution requesting that the town administration include, within the 
scope of services for contracted trash collection, provision for said services to be rendered to: the condominium 
complex known as 15 Green Street Condominium Trust, located at 15 Green Street, Ipswich; and (2) to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money in addition to that appropriated under the municipal operating budget for FY2001, to 
pay for said additional services; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Anne Wilhelm, 15 Green Street moved that the Town vote (1) to adopt a resolution requesting that the town 
administration include, within die scope of services for contracted trash collection, provision for said services to 
be rendered to: the condominium complex known as 15 Green Street Condominium Trust, located at 15 Green 
Street, Ipswich; and (2) to raise and appropriate $876 in addition to that appropriated under the municipal 
operating budget for FY2001, to pay for said additional services. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended against the motion. Finance Committee voted 8 to (one 
abstention) not to recommend. Motion carried by a simple majority voice vote. 

ARTICLE 28 

To see if the Town will vote: 

(1) to authorize the School Committee to sell or auction one or both paintings by Arthur Wesley Dow, namely, 
"Les Sables de Reguenes-" and "Au Soir," for a minimum selling price of $700,000.00 for "Les Sables de 
Reguenes" and for a minimum selling price of $500,000.00 for "Au Soir", the proceeds of such sale or auction to 
be used by the School Committee (a) to fund a gallery and exhibition of reproductions by noted Ipswich artists to 
be located in the new middle school/high school (approximately $75,000); (b) to fund the installation of fly loft 
rigging, additional stage lighting, acoustical shells and musical instruments for the performing arts center at the 
middle school/high school (approximately $350,000); and (c) the remainder of the proceeds to be used to establish 
a trust fund, the annual proceeds of which shall be used to support the Arthur Wesley Dow Summer Institute for 
the Arts at the middle school/high school and to support other artistic endeavors in Ipswich; and 

(2) to name Building 3 segment C of the new middle school/high school, "The Arthur Wesley Dow Center for the 
Arts"; or take any other action relative thereto. 

School Committee member Barry Hopping moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. Seconded. 

School Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended to indefinitely postpone action on this 
article. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 29 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to be placed in the stabilization fund; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $450,000 to be placed in 
the stabilization fund. Seconded. 

Board of Selecunen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 

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vote. 

ARTICLE 30 

To see if the Town will vote to increase the sum appropriated under Article 21 of the Warrant for the April 2, 
1999, Annual Town Meeting, for the acquisition of a parcel of land in the area of Linebrook Road, now or 
formerly of the Ipswich Housing Authority (Assessors Map 29C, Lot 2B) from $103,500 to $150,000, and to 
increase the amount authorized to be borrowed for said purposes; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote: (a) to increase the sum appropriated under Article 21 of the 
Warrant for the April 2, 1999, Annual Town Meeting, for the acquisition of a parcel of land in the area of 
Linebrook Road, now or formerly of the Ipswich Housing Authority (Assessors Map 29C, Lot 2B), from 
$103,500 to $150,000; and (b) to increase the amount authorized under said Article 21 to be borrowed for said 
purposes pursuant to the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7 (3), from $103,500 to 
$150,000. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 32 

To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to the provisions of CHAPTER XV MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 
FOR PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY, Section 16. Town Meeting Approval of Sewer Extensions, to approve an 
application for a permit to extend the sanitary sewer line on Lowes Lane approximately 650 lineal feet, generally 
as shown on Proposed Sanitary Sewer Line Extension Plan prepared for Robert Gambale, dated February 16, 
2000 : by Graham Associates, Inc.; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Robert Gambale, 8 Island Park Road moved that the Town will vote, pursuant to the provisions of CHAPTER XV 
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS FOR PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY, Section 16. Town Meeting Approval 
of Sewer Extensions, to approve an application for a permit to extend the sanitary sewer line on Lowes Lane 
approximately 650 lineal feet, generally as shown on Proposed Sanitary Sewer Line Extension Plan prepared for 
Robert Gambale, dated February 16, 2000, by Graham Associates, Inc. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee voted 8 to 1 in favor. Motion carried by 
unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 33 

To see if the Town will vote to reconsider any or all previous articles raising and/or appropriating money which 
have a direct impact on the levy for the next ensuing fiscal year, as contained in this warrant, for the purpose of 
completing a budget which is balanced and in compliance with the levy limit provisions of Proposition 2'/2, so 
called; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. Seconded. Motion 
carried by unanimous voice vote. 

Motion to adjourn was moved, seconded and so voted. The 367 th Annual Town Meeting was adjourned at 1 :00 
a.m. 

The voters are further warned that the following additional questions shall be on the printed ballot for the April 
11, 2000 elections: 

"1. (a) Shall the Town approve the appropriation voted under Article 16 of the Warrant for the April 3, 2000, 
Annual Town Meeting: to remodel, reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary repairs to the Whipple Middle School 



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as a municipal services center, and to obtain any materiel and or services incidental thereto; and to raise this 
appropriation by authorizing die Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial 
notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, provided that the 
appropriation shall not take effect until the Town votes to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by 
General Laws Chapter 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2 Vi) amounts required to pay the principal of and interest on 
the borrowing; and 

(b) "Shall the Town of Ipswich be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so- 
called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to remodel, reconstruct, and/or make 
extraordinary repairs to the Whipple Middle School as a municipal services center and to obtain any materiel and 
or services incidental thereto? YES/ /NO/ /" 

"2. (a) Shall the Town approve the appropriation voted under Article 18 of the Warrant of the April 3, 2000, 
Annual Town Meeting to purchase the fee or lesser interest(s) in real estate for open space, water supply 
protection, recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general municipal purposes not to include lands to 
be controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, Sewer or Electric Departments, and to obtain 
any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any such real estate shall be identified by assessors' 
map and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the Town Clerk and the Director of Planning and 
Development on or before March 31, 2000 or as amended thereafter by action of Town Meeting? and (b) Shall 
die Town of Ipswich be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the 
amount required to pay for the bond or bonds issued to purchase the fee or lesser interest(s) in real estate for open 
space, water supply protection, recreation and/or general municipal purposes, said general municipal purposes not 
to include lands to be controlled or used by the Public Safety, Public Works, School, Sewer or Electric 
Departments, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto; provided that any such real estate shall 
be identified by assessors' map and lot number on a list of priority parcels on file with the Town Clerk and the 
Director of Planning and Development on or before March 31, 2000 or as amended thereafter by action of Town 
Meeting? Yes/ / No/ /" 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting attested copies thereof at the Post Office and at each of the 
meeting houses in the Town, by publication at least seven days prior to the time for holding said meeting in a 
newspaper published in, or having a general circulation in, the Town of Ipswich. 

Given unto our hands this Sixth day of March in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand. 

TOWN OF IPSWICH 
BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
Edward B. Rauscher 
Patrick J. McNally 
James R. Engel 
Eugene A. Hailson 
Bradford H. Hill 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

October 16,2000 



ESSEX, ss 

To the Constable of the Town of Ipswich in said County, 

GREETINGS: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify 

the inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to meet at the 

auditorium of the Ipswich High School, 134 High Street, in said Ipswich, on MONDAY, 

THE SIXTEENTH OF OCTOBER, 2000, at 7:30 o'clock in the evening, then and there 

to act on the following articles, viz: 

Moderator James Grimes introduced JeffLoeb, Chairman of the School Committee, who 
welcomed all the voters into the new facility for the first Town Meeting held in the 
Performing Arts Center. Mr. Grimes called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m. with 208 
voters present. The final count was 3 15 at 9 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to 
the Flag led by Superintendent Richard Korb, a moment of silence was observed in 
memory of the seventeen fallen sailors who gave their lives for this country. It was 
moved, seconded and so voted to admit non-voters. Mr. Grimes explained the rules and 
regulations in the new facility and informed voters about town meeting procedures. 
Tellers appointed by the Moderator were: Bob McNeil, Bruce Bryant, Don Francis and 
Phil Stewart. Deborah Eliason from Kopelman and Paige was Town Counsel. 

ARTICLE 1 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action previously taken under Article 8 of the 
April 03, 2000, Annual Town Meeting (the FY01 Municipal Operating Budget), by 
raising and appropriating an additional sum of money, and/or by transferring sums of 
money between departmental accounts, and/or by transferring sums of money from 
available funds, and/or by determining if a portion of said additional appropriations shall 
be offset by estimated receipts of user fees, in accordance with the provisions of 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53E; or to take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken under Article 
8 of the April 03, 2000 Annual Town Meeting (the FY2001 Municipal Operating Budget) 
by: 

From: To: 

( COPs Grant Offset ): 
,1) increasing Police Capital Outlay $ 107,400 $ 167,400 

2) decreasing Police Salaries (dispatchers) 1,516,949 1,396,949 

(and decreasing estimated receipts by $60,000) 



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286,115 


307,305 


74,899 


81,352 


39,503 


43,557 


34,780 


37,954 


30,068 


32,734 


257,402 


274,176 


297,098 


300,160 


146,342 


88,969 


48,232 


48,702 


24,992 


26,492 


60,000 


73,228 


41,320 


48,085 


119,419 


121,619 


95,575 


101,575 


625,540 


595,377 



( AFSCME Group #1 Labor & Trades ) 

3) increasing Highway Salaries & Wages 

4) increasing Forestry Salaries & Wages 

5) increasing Equip. Maint. Salaries & Wages 

6) increasing Transfer Sta. Salaries & Wages 

7) increasing Town Hall/ Annex Salaries & Wages: 

8) increasing Cemeteries/Parks Salaries & Wages: 

9) increasing Library Salaries & Wages . 

10) decreasing Misc. Fin. Salary Transfer Acct.: 

( Housekeeping Changes ) 

1 1 increasing Council on Aging Salaries & Wages 
12)increasing Council on Aging Expenses 
13)increasing Reserve Fund (too low) 
14)increasing MIS Salaries & Wages (GP) 
15)increasing Police Expenses (Uniforms) 
16)increasing Misc. Fin. Office Equip. Exp. (too low) 
17)decreasing Miscellaneous Finance (Retirement) 

(Whipple Annex Building - Mothballing for Winter) 

18)increasing Town Hall & Annex Expenses 36,977 52,977 

(Energy Expense Adjustments) 

19) increasing Reserve Fund 73,228 102,877 

20)decreasing Miscellaneous Finance (Retirement) 595,377 565,728 

(Information Technology) 

21 increasing Misc. Finance (091) 

Office Supplies & Equipment - Expenses 101,575 141,575 

22)increasing MIS Expenses (Access Int'l, etc.) 55,070 74,504 

23)decreasing Miscellaneous Finance (Retirement) 565,728 506,294 

24)increasing the revenue offset /library grant 5 1,257 60,335 

25)increasing the revenue offset /free cash 476,191 492,191 

26) increasing Library Salaries & Wages * 300,160 300,910 

and by determining that said $750 increase shall be offset by estimated receipts 
(Collins Room usage fees) per MGL Chapter 44, Section 53E; 

so that the municipal operating budget, as so amended and inclusive of override debt 
service, shall total: $9,710,154 

offset by revenues totaling: 796,557 

leaving a net to be raised and assessed of: $ 8,913,597 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 



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ARTICLE 2 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that 
appropriated under Article 12 of the April 03, 2000, Annual Town Meeting (the FY01 
Water and Sewer Division Budgets), to fund the provisions of a collective bargaining 
agreement with Local #2905, AFSCME and for other purposes; said appropriations to be 
raised by the transfer of an equal sum of money from water surplus and from sewer 
surplus, respectively; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken under Article 
12 of the April 03, 2000 Annual Town Meeting (the FY2001 Water and Sewer Budgets) 
by: 

1) correcting the appropriation figure in the first paragraph of the Water Budget to read: 
$1,554,745; 

2) increasing said Water Budget of $1,554,745 by $32,317 to read: $1,587,062, to fund 
the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Group #1 Labor & 
Trades), said increase to be offset by transfer of $32,317 from water surplus; and 

3) increasing the FY2001Water Budget from $1,587,062 to $1,641,634 to fund field 
testing costs for Water District Zoning, energy costs ($4,572 ), and other expenses, said 
increment of $54,572 to be funded by a transfer of $54,572 from water surplus; 

4) increasing the FY2001 Wastewater Budget from $1,088,057 to $1,102,822 to fund the 
terms of a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Group #1 Labor & Trades), 
said increase to be offset by transfer of $7,234 from sewer surplus, the balance of $7,531 
to be raised by current operating revenues of the wastewater division; and 

5) increasing the FY2001 Wastewater Budget from $1,102,822 to $1,107,061 fund 
extraordinary energy expenses ($4,239 ) and other expenses, said increase to be offset by 
transfer of $4,239 from sewer surplus. 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 3 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken previously under Article 23 of the 
April 07, 1997, Annual Town Meeting, by changing the purpose from "..to engage 
environmental engineering services to remediate a hazardous materials condition in the 
municipal parking lot..." to "..to engage environmental engineering services to remediate 
hazardous materials conditions on municipal property"; or to take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Selectman James Foley moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken previously 
under Article 23 of the April 07, 1997, Annual Town Meeting, by changing the purpose 
from "..to engage environmental engineering services to remediate a hazardous materials 
condition in the municipal parking lot..." to read as follows: "...to engage environmental 



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engineering services to remediate hazardous materials conditions on municipal 
property." 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 4 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Article 10 of the Warrant for 
the April 03, 2000, Annual Town Meeting (the FY01 School Department Operating 
Budget), to increase the appropriation authorized thereunder; to determine whether said 
increase shall be met by raising taxes, by transfer from available funds, or otherwise; or 
to take any other action relative thereto. 

School Committee member Joan Arsenault moved that the Town vote to amend its action 
taken under Article 10 of the Warrant for the April 03, 2000 Annual Town Meeting by 
increasing the appropriation from $14,231,960 to $14,279,235, said increase to be offset 
by an increase in cherry sheet aid (Chapter 70) of $47,275. 

Seconded. School Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen 
unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 5 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that 
appropriated under Article 11 of the Warrant for the October 21, 1996, Special Town 
Meeting, to survey, design, and construct a new middle school, a new high school, a new 
auditorium, athletic fields and facilities and other appurtenant facilities (all to be located 
on the site of the existing High School), and additional athletic fields and appurtenant 
facilities to be located at the Mile Lane site (Assessors' Map 29A, Lot 5), and to obtain 
materiel and services incidental thereto; (2) to raise this appropriation: (a) by authorizing 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes 
under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, 
or Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 70B, or any other enabling authority; or (b) by 
transfer from available funds, by taxes, or qtherwise; and (3) to authorize the School 
Building Committee to expend funds under this article and take any other action 
necessary to carry out this project; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Loeb moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate 
the sum of $350,000, in addition to that appropriated under Article 1 1 of the Warrant for 
the October 21, 1996, Special Town Meeting to: survey, design, and construct a new 
middle school, a new high school, a new auditorium, athletic fields and facilities and 
other appurtenant facilities (all to be located on the site of the existing High School), and 
additional athletic fields and appurtenant facilities to be located at the Mile Lane site 
(Assessors' Map 29A, Lot 5), and to obtain materiel and services incidental thereto, 
(2) of said $350,000 appropriation, the sum of $150,000 shall be raised by authorizing the 



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Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes 

under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, 

or Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 70B, or any other enabling authority; and 

$200,000 shall be raised by transfer from free cash (restricted revenues); and 

(3) to authorize the School Building Committee to take any other action necessary to 

carry out this project; or to take any other action relative thereto. (Sponsor: School 

Committee) 

Seconded. School Committee, School Building Needs Committee, Finance Committee 
and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice 
vote. 

ARTICLE 6 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds 
a sum of money to pay unpaid bills incurred in prior years and remaining unpaid; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town: (1) appropriate the sum of $27,121.23 
to unpaid bills incurred in prior years and remaining unpaid: 



Town Manager Expenses 




Deutsch Williams (Labor Counsel) 


$3,482.39 


American Arbitration Association 


150.00 


Legal Expenses: 




Kopelman and Paige 


48.00 


Planning Expenses: 




Community Newspaper Company 


34.65 


School Department: 




AIMS Education Foundation 


300.00 


Concord-Assabet Family & 




Adolescent Services, Inc. 


450.00 


North Shore ARC 


630.00 


MCI Worldcom 


10.90 


First National Bank of Ipswich 


929.99 


Patricia Harding 


236.71 


Verizon Wireless 


33.68 


Crotched Mountain School (SPED) 


11.489.74 


General fund subtotal: 


$17,796.06 


Wastewater Division: 





Community Newspaper Company 93.75 

Sousa Fuel Company 707.5 1 

Aramak Uniforms 38.80 



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Scott Oil Company 339.39 

Ipswich Electric Division 748.82 

Ipswich Water Division 7,058.23 

Analytical Products Group 209.00 

Essexgas 16.04 

Bell Atlantic 98.04 

Verizon Wireless 15.59 

Subtotal: Sewer Fund $ 9,325.17 
Total: * $27,121.23 

and (2) to raise this appropriation the Town shall transfer $9,325.17 from sewer surplus, 
and raise the balance ($17,796.06) by taxes. 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee unanimously 
recommended. The voice vote on the motion was inconclusive. On a hand count with 
four (4) opposed and forty-four (44) in favor, the motion passed by the required 9/10 
majority vote. 

ARTICLE 7 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Article 19 of the Warrant for 

the April 03, 2000, Annual Town Meeting ("Riverwalk Bonds"), by changing the purpose 

for which the bonds were to be expended 

from : "...survey, design, and construct a pedestrian bridge across the Ipswich River, to 

be located in the area of South Main Street and Union Street, and to obtain any materiel 

and/or services incidental thereto", 

to: "...survey, design, and construct a pedestrian bridge across the Ipswich River, to be 

located in the area of South Main Street and Union Street, and to obtain any materiel 

and/or services incidental thereto, and further in conjunction with said project, to acquire 

interests in land by purchase, gift, lease, or otherwise"; or to take any other action 

relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken under 
Article 19 of the Warrant for the April 03, 2000, Annual Town Meeting ("Riverwalk 
Bonds") by changing the purpose for which the bonds were to be expended from : 
"...survey, design, and construct a pedestrian bridge across the Ipswich River, to be 
located in the area of South Main Street and Union Street, and to obtain any materiel 
and/or services incidental thereto", to: "...survey, design, and construct a pedestrian 
bridge across the Ipswich River, to be located in the area of South Main Street and Union 
Street, and to obtain any materiel and/or services incidental thereto, and further in 
conjunction with said project, to acquire interests in land by purchase, gift, lease, or 
otherwise." 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
The voice vote on the motion was inconclusive. On a hand count with four (4) opposed 
and twenty (20) in favor, the motion passed by the required 2/3 majority vote. 



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ARTICLE 8 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for engineering and 
architectural services for plans and specifications to remodel, reconstruct, and/or make 
extraordinary repairs to the Town Hall for lease to The Trial Court of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, and for architectural and engineering feasibility services for the former 
Whipple School Annex and for site plans, and to obtain any materiel and or services 
incidental thereto; (2) in furtherance of the project(s), to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants 
without further appropriation thereof; and to determine if this appropriation shall be 
raised by taxation, by transfer from available funds, or by borrowing; or to take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate a the sum of 
$135,000 for engineering and architectural services for plans and specifications to 
remodel, reconstruct, and/or make extraordinary repairs to the Town Hall for lease to The 
Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and to obtain any materiel and or 
services incidental thereto; (2) in furtherance of the project(s), to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants 
without further appropriation thereof; and (3) to raise this appropriation by authorizing 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes 
pursuant to the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, section 7 (22), as 
amended. 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 9 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money, in addition to that 
appropriated under Article 16 of the Warrant for the April 05, 1999, Annual Town 
Meeting, to survey, design, and undertake extraordinary repairs to a sidewalk and a 
seawall in the area of County Street; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire 
easements in conjunction therewith by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or 
otherwise; (3) in furtherance of the project(s), to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants without further 
appropriation thereof; and (4) to determine if this additional appropriation shall be raised 
by taxation, by transfer from available funds, or by borrowing; or to take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of 
$25,000, in addition to that appropriated under Article 16 of the Warrant for the April 05, 
1999, Annual Town Meeting, to survey, design, and undertake extraordinary repairs to a 
sidewalk and a seawall in the area of County Street, (2) to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to acquire easements in conjunction therewith by purchase, gift, lease, eminent 
domain, or otherwise; (3) in furtherance of the project(s), to authorize the Board of 



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Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend any federal, state and/or private grants 
without further appropriation thereof; and (4) to raise this appropriation by authorizing 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or serial notes 
pursuant to the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, section 7 (7), as 
amended. 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee voted 
eight (8) in favor with one (1) abstention. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 10 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to ratify and confirm the proposed acquisition of one or 
more parcels of land, each at an intended purchase price in excess of $1,500,000, in 
accordance with the conditions of the bonds authorized to be issued under Article 18 of 
the Warrant for the April 03, 2000 Annual Town Meeting; and (2) to add parcels to, or 
delete parcels from, the list (as referenced in said Article 18) on file in the office of the 
Planning Board and in the Office of the Town Clerk, said changes to be placed on file in 
the office of the Planning Board and in the Office of the Town Clerk by September 25, 
2000; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. 
Seconded. Board of Selectmen and Planning Board unanimously recommended. The 
Finance Committee voted eight (8) to one (1) for indefinite postponement. Several voters 
spoke for and against the motion. The voice vote on the motion was inconclusive. On a 
hand count with 122 in favor and 134 against, the motion to indefinitely postpone did not 
pass. 

David Standley of 4 Spillers Lane moved to authorize the Board of Selectmen, pursuant 
to Part © of the Open Space Bond Authorization approved as Article 18 of the Warrant 
for the April 2000, Annual Town Meeting, to expend Open Space Bond funds pursuant to 
said Authorization for the acquisition, for general municipal purposes, of the fee interest 
in the parcel of land known as the Wendel property at 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Assessors 
Map No. 22D Lot 48, in an amount exceeding one million five hundred thousand dollars 
($1,500,000.00) but not exceeding three million five hundred thousand dollars 
($3,500,000.00); provided that the Selectmen may accept on behalf of the Town any 
grants or gifts of money to be added to Town funds for the acquisition of this property, 
and may enter into cooperative agreements with other parties to provide additional funds 
for or otherwise defray a portion of the total cost of this acquisition. Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen voted three (3) to two (2) against the motion. The Finance 
Committee voted eight (8) to one (1) against the motion. The Planning Board voted two 
(2) in favor and two (2) against the motion. The voice vote on the motion was 
inconclusive. On a hand count with 151 in favor and 107 against, the motion for Open 
Space Bond Authorization carried. 



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ARTICLE 1 1 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of 
Ipswich by amending SECTION XI. ADMINISTRATION by deleting subsection "J. 
Special Permits" in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following: 

"J. Special Permits. 

1 . Special Permit Granting Authority. As provided in this Bylaw, certain classes of 
special permits shall be issued by the designated special permit granting authority, 
which will be the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, or the Board of 
Selectmen, as indicated in the Table of Use Regulations or elsewhere in this 
Bylaw. 

2. Criteria. Unless otherwise specified herein, special permits shall be granted by 
the special permit granting authority (SPGA) only upon its written determination 
that: 

(a) the benefit to the Town outweighs the adverse effects of the proposed use, 
taking into account the characteristics of the site and of the proposal in 
relation to that site; and 

(b) the petitioner's application materials include, in the SPGA's opinion, 
sufficiently detailed, definite, and credible information to show the project 
meets the intent of this bylaw. 

In making this determination, the SPGA shall apply the following criteria: 

a. Social, economic, or community needs which are served by the proposal; 

b. Potential fiscal impact, including impact on town services, tax base, and 
employment; 

c. Traffic flow and safety, including parking, loading; 

d. Adequacy of utilities and other public services; 

e. Compatibility with neighborhood character; and 

f. Impacts on the natural environment. 

3. Procedures. Applications shall be filed in accordance with the rules and 
regulations of the special permit granting authority. The SPGA is encouraged to 
seek review and comment from other town agencies as part of it consideration of 
the special permit application. 

4. Conditions. Special permits may be granted with such reasonable conditions, 
safeguards, or limitations on time or use, including performance guarantees, as the 
special permit granting authority may deem necessary to serve the purposes of 
this bylaw. 

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5. Lapse Special permits shall lapse if a substantial use thereof or construction 
thereunder has not begun, except for good cause, within 24 months following the 
granting of the special permit approval (plus such time required to pursue or await 
the determination of an appeal referred to in G.L c. 40A, s. 17) by the SPGA. 

6. Regulations. The SPGA may adopt rules and regulations for the administration of 
this section. 

7. Fees The SPGA may adopt reasonable administrative fees and technical review 
fees for applications for special permits ", 

or to take any other action relative thereto 

Planning Board Chairman Leslie Brooks moved that the Town vote to amend The 
Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 1 1 of the 
Warrant for the October 16, 2000, Special Town Meeting Seconded 

Planning Board unanimously recommended The Finance Committee voted six (6) to 
two (2) in favor The Board of Selectmen voted four (4) to one (1) in favor The voice 
vote on the motion was inconclusive. On a hand count with sixteen (16) against and 
forty-two (42) in favor, the motion passed by the required 2/3 majority vote. 

ARTICLE 12 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of 
Ipswich, by amending SECTION II APPLICABILITY as follows: 

( 1 ) Delete existing subsections "B." and "C", and substitute in lieu of the following: 

"B Nonconforming Uses and Structures 

This zoning by-law shall not apply to structures or uses lawfully in existence or 
lawfully begun, or to a building or special permit issued before the first 
publication of notice of the public hearing on such bylaw required under G.L. c. 
40A, s 5 at which this zoning bylaw, or any relevant part thereof, was adopted 
Such prior, lawfully existing nonconforming uses and structures may continue, 
provided that no modification of the use or structure is accomplished, unless 
authorized hereunder 

1 Nonconforming Uses. The Zoning Board of Appeals may grant a special 

permit to change or substantially extend a nonconforming use in 
accordance with this section only if it determines that such change or 
extension shall not be substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood 
than the existing nonconforming use. The following types of changes to 
nonconforming uses may be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals: 

a. Substantial extension of the use; 



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b. Change from one nonconforming use to another, less detrimental 

nonconforming use. 

Pre-existing nonconforming uses may be extended or altered provided that 
there is a finding by the Zoning Board of Appeals that the extension or 
alteration shall not be substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood 
than the existing nonconforming use. 

2. Nonconforming Structures Other than Single and Two Family Structures. 

The Board of Appeals may grant a special permit to reconstruct, extend, 
alter, or change a nonconforming structure in accordance with this section 
if it determines that such reconstruction, extension, alteration, or change 
shall not be substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood than the 
existing nonconforming structure. The following types of changes to 
nonconforming structures may be considered by the Board of Appeals': 

a. Reconstructed, extended or structurally changed; 

b. Altered to provide for a substantially different purpose or for the 
same purpose in a substantially different manner or to a 
substantially greater extent; 

The reconstruction, extension or structural change of such nonconforming 
structure so as to increase an existing nonconformity, or create a new 
nonconformity, including the extension of an exterior wall at or along the 
same nonconforming distance within a required yard, shall require the 
issuance of a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

3. Nonconforming Single and Two Family Structures. 

Nonconforming single and two family residential structures may 
be reconstructed, extended, altered, or structurally changed upon a 
determination by the Inspector of Buildings that such proposed 
reconstruction, extension, alteration, or change does not increase 
the nonconforming nature of said structure. The following 
circumstances shall not be deemed to increase the nonconforming 
nature of said structure: 

a. alteration to a structure which complies with all current 
setback, yard, building coverage, and building height 
requirements but is located on a lot with insufficient area, 
where the alteration will also comply with all of said current 
requirements. 

b. alteration to a structure which complies with all current 
setback, yard, building coverage, and building height 
requirements but is located on a lot with insufficient frontage, 



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where the alteration will also comply with all of said current 
requirements. 

c. alteration to a structure which encroaches upon one or more 
required yard or setback areas, where alteration will comply 
with all current setback, yard, building coverage and building 
height requirements (the provisions of this clause shall apply 
regardless of whether the lot complies with current area and 
frontage requirements). 

d. alteration to the side or face of a structure which encroaches 
upon a required yard or setback area, where the alteration will 
not encroach upon such area to a distance greater than the 
existing structure (the provisions of this clause shall apply 
regardless of whether the lot complies with current area and 
frontage requirements ). 

e. alteration to a nonconforming structure which will not increase 
the footprint of the existing structure provided that existing 
height restrictions shall not be exceeded. 

In the event that the Inspector of Buildings determines that the 
nonconforming nature of such structure would be increased by the 
proposed reconstruction, extension, alteration, or change, the 
Zoning Board of Appeals may, by special permit, allow such 
reconstruction, extension, alteration or change upon its 
determination that the proposed modification will not be 
substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood than the 
existing nonconforming structure. 

4. Abandonment or Non-use. A nonconforming use or structure which has 
been abandoned, or not used for a period of two years, shall lose its 
protected status and be subject to all of the provisions of this bylaw. 

5. Reconstruction. Any nonconforming structure may be reconstructed after 
a fire, explosion or other catastrophe, provided that such reconstruction is 
completed within twenty-four months after such catastrophe, and provided 
that the building(s) as reconstructed shall be only as great in volume or 
area as the original nonconforming structure unless a larger volume or 
area is authorized by special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. 
Such time for reconstruction may be extended by the Zoning Board of 
Appeals for good cause. 

6. Reversion to Nonconformity. No nonconforming use shall, if changed to 
a conforming use, revert to a nonconforming use"; and 

(2) Re-letter "D. Municipal Construction Projects" to "C. Municipal Construction 
Projects"; 

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or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Planning Board member Joshua Massey moved that the Town vote to amend The 
Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 12 of the 
Warrant for the October 16, 2000, Special Town Meeting. Seconded. 

The Planning Board, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously 
recommended. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 13 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of 
Ipswich by amending "SECTION IX. A. Open Space Preservation (Cluster) Zoning 
(OSPZ)" as follows: 

"The developer shall submit a "Yield Plan" which indicates the maximum number of lots 
achievable under a conventional layout without altering any land areas in which such 
activity would be precluded by normal application of state and town laws and regulations 
governing wetlands and riverfront areas, or by the existence of floodplain areas or steep 
(over 25%) slopes. In unsewered areas, the developer shall provide evidence acceptable 
to the Planning Board that individual on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems 
may be permitted and constructed to serve all the proposed under the "Yield Plan" as 
submitted. This evidence shall include a demonstration of suitable soil and groundwater 
conditions through representative sampling and testing of the buildable areas of the site 
by means and methods approved by the Board of Health and shall at a minimum consist 
of one determination of soil permeability and one observation of maximum ground water 
elevation per two acres of otherwise buildable land, such tests being distributed with 
reasonable uniformity over the site. For the yield plan to be approved, all such 
determinations and observations shall meet the above presumption, except that if more 
than five determinations and observations are made, only seventy-five percent of said 
determinations and observations need demonstrate the above presumption. "; and 

(2) Amend Paragraph 5. "Development Requirements" as follows: 

Revise "c. Open Space Restriction" by deleting paragraph "c." in its entirety and 
substituting in lieu thereof the following: 

"c. Open Space Restriction: A minimum of thirty percent (30%) of the lot shall 
be: 

i) Conveyed to the Town of Ipswich and accepted by it for open space 
use; 

ii) Conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of a state 
forest, park, or wildlife management area; 



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iii) Conveyed to a non-profit corporation, the principal purpose of which is 
the conservation of open space, and made subject to a conservation 
restriction prepared in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 1 and 
33, inclusive, of Chapter 184 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts; or 

iv) Conveyed to a corporation or trust owned or to be owned by the 
owners of lots or residential units within the plot; or 

v) Made subject to a conservation restriction prepared in accordance with 
the provisions of Section 31 and Section 33, inclusive, of chapter 184 of 
the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts running in 
favor of either the Town or, upon the approval of the Planning Board, a 
non-profit corporation, the principal purpose of which is the conservation 
of open space. The conservation restriction shall provide that such land 
shall be kept, in perpetuity, in an open or natural state, in accordance with 
the above-noted sections of Chapter 184 of the General Laws. 

The method of protecting open space requires the approval of the Planning Board. 

In designating the open space, the applicant shall apply the guidelines adopted by 
the Planning Board in May of 1997, entitled CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING 
PROPOSED OPEN SPACE, as amended. The open space shall be available for 
use by the general public, unless the applicant can provide compelling reasons to 
the Planning Board why such access would be infeasible in whole or in part. If it 
is deemed necessary to achieve the purposes of this subsection, the Planning 
Board may increase the open space minimum requirement, to a maximum of forty 
percent (40%)."; and 

(3) Revise "d. Dimensional Regulations" by deleting "(3)" in its entirety and substituting 
in lieu thereof the following: 

"3. For each lot located within any minimum tract, the minimum lot width shall 
be 80 feet, the minimum lot frontage shall be 50 feet, the minimum front, side and 
rear setbacks shall be 20 feet, 15 feet, (per side) and 30 feet, respectively, and the 
maximum building coverage shall be 25%. The Planning Board may waive any 
of these requirements if it determines that such action would not be inconsistent 
with the purpose of this Open Space Preservation Zoning section"; 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Planning Board member Robert L. Weatherall moved that the Town vote to amend The 
Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 13 of the 
Warrant for the October 16, 2000, Special Town Meeting, with the following 
amendments: 



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Prior to the first sentence of the article, add the following: "(1) Amend Paragraph '4. 
Density Standards', subparagraph 'a. Base Density', by deleting the last two sentences of 
the paragraph and substituting in lieu thereof the following:" ; and 

Amend the second sentence of the article by adding, immediately before the word 
"proposed", the word "lots ". Seconded. 

The Planning Board, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously 
recommended. The motion as amended carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 14 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of 
Ipswich, by 

(1) amending SECTION V. USE SCHEDULE. Table of Use Regulations , as follows: 

Within said Table under the heading COMMERCIAL, add the use "Car wash facility"" 
and insert a "SPB" under the HB, PC, and I columns, and a "-" under the remaining 
columns; and 

Within said Table under the heading ACCESSORY, add the use "Temporary fairs, horse 
shows, sports instructional programs, and similar events" and inserting a "P" under all the 
columns; and 

add footnote "22." to said use, said footnote to read as follows: 

"22. Provided that such events are held on property at least one acre in size. Fairs, horse 
shows and similar events shall not continue for more than five (5) days; sports 
instructional programs shall not continue for more than forty-five (45) days. Events 
which do not conform to the provisions of this subsection may be authorized by the 
Planning Board by special permit"; and 

(2) amending SECTION VIII. SIGNS. G. Application by adding, after the "provisions of 
this section" in the second sentence (exempt signs), the following: ", as are interpretative 
signs, provided that said signs, in the opinion of the building inspector, do not create an 
undue safety or traffic hazard by reason of impeding minimum sight distance 
requirements as established by the American Association of State Highway 
Transportation Officials (AASHTO)."; and 

(3) amending Section IX: Special Regulations . I . Inclusionary Housing Requirements . 3. 
Requirements, by adding, after the first sentence, the following sentence: "When 
computing the ten percent, the Building Inspector shall round the unit requirement to the 
nearest integer (i.e., less than .5, round down; equal to or more than .5, round up)." 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 



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Planning Board member Leo Murphy moved that the Town vote to amend The Protective 
Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 14 of the Warrant for the 
October 16, 2000, Special Town Meeting. Seconded. 

The Planning Board, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously 
recommended. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 15 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Official Zoning Map of the Town of Ipswich 
by incorporating the Flood Boundary and Floodway maps, dated August 5, 1985, on file 
in the office of the Department of Planning & Development, and referenced in SECTION 
IX. SPECIAL REGULATIONS. SECTION F. Floodplain District, as a part of the 
Official Zoning Map; 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Town Planner Glenn Gibbs moved that the Town vote to amend The Official Zoning 
Map of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 15 of the Warrant for the October 16, 
2000, Special Town Meeting. Seconded. 

The Planning Board, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen unanimously 
recommended. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 16 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as 
follows: Section IX H Special Regulations for the Great Estate Preservation Development 
is amended by deleting the figure 25% in subsection 2a and substituting 45% therefor, or 
to otherwise act thereon. 

The effect of the amendment is to increase the allowable residential dwelling use from 
25% of the maximum floor area to 45% of the maximum floor area. All other limitations 
in Section IX H continue to apply. 

Attorney Rich Kallman moved that that the Town vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw of the 
Town of Ipswich as follows: Section IX H Special Regulations for the Great Estate 
Preservation Development is amended by deleting the figure 25% in subsection 2a and 
substituting 45% therefor, or to otherwise act thereon. Seconded. 

Planning Board Chairman Leslie Brooks moved that the main motion be amended as 
follows: 

Delete the words "by deleting the figure 25% in subsection 2a and substituting 45% 
therefor," from the main motion, and substitute in lieu thereof the following: 



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"by adding to the end of the sentence the following: 

', unless said residential dwelling use meets the following conditions, in which instance 
the residential dwelling use shall not exceed forty-five percent (45%) of the maximum 
floor area of the GEPD: (a) the residential dwelling use is located in a GEPD which has 
an area of at least two hundred (200) acres which has remained substantially unchanged 
in lot configuration and size since December 31, 1996; (b) a minimum of twenty-five 
(25) affordable housing units shall be built; if the total number of residences constructed 
exceeds 180 units, the developer shall also provide 15% of the total on-site market units 
built in excess of this number as affordable housing, or in lieu of constructing the 
additional affordable units, subject to the approval of the Planning Board, the developer 
may contribute a payment of $50,000 for each additional affordable unit to a fund to be 
used for the purpose of creating or sustaining affordable housing in the Town of Ipswich. 
Affordable units shall be as defined in f. (ii) below, except that up to one-third of the 
affordable units may be rented or sold to, and occupied by, households earning up to 
120% of the median area household income. At least ten of the affordable units shall be 
located within the GEPD. Affordable units constructed off-site shall be done so in 
compliance with SECTION IX.I.5. of this zoning bylaw; (c) no more than two hundred 
thirty- five (235) dwelling units, inclusive of the on-site affordable units, shall be built on- 
site; (d) no more than 50% of the units may contain more than two bedrooms, and none 
of the units shall contain more than three bedrooms; and (e) each 1000 square feet of 
residential dwelling built in excess of 25% of the maximum floor area shall result in a 
reduction of 1000 square feet from the maximum floor area which may be developed 
pursuant to this GEPD zoning.'" Seconded. 

The Planning Board and Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended the main 
motion as amended. The Finance Committee voted eight (8) in favor with one (1) 
abstention. 

The Moderator allowed Charlie Reed, a representative from Turner Hill (a non- voter), to 
speak to the voters at the meeting on this article. Several voters spoke in favor or against 
the amended motion. The voice vote on the main motion as amended was inconclusive. 

On a hand count with 202 in favor and 26 against, the main motion as amended passed. 

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ARTICLE 17 

To see if the Town will vote: (1) to appropriate a sum of money to acquire a certain 
parcel of land in the area of High Street believed to be owned by Thomas F Woodworth 
and Nancy S. Woodworth (Assessors Map 30 A, Parcel 9); (2) to authorize said 
acquisition by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; (3) to raise said 
appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
to issue bonds or serial notes and/or by transferring available funds for said purposes; or 
to take any other action relative thereto. 



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Selectman James Engel moved that the Town vote to (1) to appropriate the sum of 
$325,000 to acquire a certain parcel of land in the area of High Street believed to be 
owned by Thomas F. Woodworth and Nancy S. Woodworth (Assessors Map 30 A, Parcel 
9); (2) to authorize said acquisition by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or 
otherwise, and to obtain any materiel or services incidental thereto; and (3) to raise said 
appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
to issue bonds or serial notes under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws 
Chapter 44, Section 7 (3), as amended, for municipal purposes. 

Seconded. Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended. Finance Committee as a 
majority voted to recommend. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 18 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning Bylaw of the Town of 
Ipswich by amending SECTION IX. SPECIAL REGULATIONS . C. Water Supply 
Protection Districts , as follows: 

Add a new paragraph "5. District Boundary Disputes", said paragraph to read as follows: 

"5. District Boundary Disputes. 

Where the boundary of the Water Supply Districts is in dispute, as delineated on a 
map entitled "Water Supply Districts of the Town of Ipswich, 1983" and on the 
current official Zoning Map of the Town of Ipswich, the burden of proof shall be 
upon the owners of the land in question to demonstrate that the boundaries of the 
Water Supply Districts as shown on "Water Supply Districts of the Town of 
Ipswich, 1983" do not, for the land in question, meet the conditions established in 
Section IXC. of this bylaw for Water Supply Districts A and B. Boundary 
disputes shall be resolved through a special permit application to the Planning 
Board. Any application for a special permit under this subsection shall be 
accompanied by documentation prepared by a person who meets the following 
two requirements: 

a. Is experienced in delineating hydrogeologic zones in Massachusetts; and 

b. Has one of the following credentials: 

Title Conferring Entity 

Registered Professional American Institute of Professional 

Hydrologist Geologic Scientists 

Certified Professional Geologic American Institute of Professional 

Scientist Geologic Scientists 

Certified Groundwater Professional Association of Groundwater 

Scientists and Engineers 

To demonstrate where the boundary should properly be located, the applicant 



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shall provide information in substantial conformance with the criteria set forth in 
310 CMR 22.00 for the delineation of Zones and in the DEP's Guidelines and 
Policies for Public Water Systems , as administered by the Massachusetts 
Department of Environmental Protection. The Planning Board may engage a 
professional as outlined above to review the application containing said 
groundwater analysis and shall charge the applicant for the cost of the review."; 

or to take any other action other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Engel moved that that the Town vote to amend The Protective Zoning 
Bylaw of the Town of Ipswich as presented in Article 18 of the Warrant for the October 
16, 2000, Special Town Meeting. Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Planning Board unanimously 
recommended. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 19 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws 
Chapter 59, Section 5K relative to senior citizen property tax work-off abatements; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Edward Rauscher moved that the Town vote to accept the provisions of 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 5K relative to senior citizen property 
tax work-off abatements. Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 20 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the GENERAL BYLAWS OF THE TOWN OF 
IPSWICH, CHAPTER XVII "NONCRIMINAL DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN 
VIOLATIONS," Section 4. Applicable Bylaws. Rules, or Regulations: Subsection C 
Rules and Regulations " by adding to the Table contained in the last sentence thereof, the 
following: 

"Regulations on Parking of Vehicles on Town Property (Town Manager) $50.00"; or to 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Selectman James Foley moved that the Town vote to amend the GENERAL BYLAWS 
OF THE TOWN OF IPSWICH, CHAPTER XVII "NONCRIMINAL DISPOSITION OF 
CERTAIN VIOLATIONS," Section 4. Applicable Bylaws. Rules, or Regulations: 
Subsection C. Rules and Regulations " by adding to the Table contained in the last 
sentence thereof, the following: 

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"Regulations on Parking of Vehicles on Town Property (Town Manager) $50.00". 

Seconded. The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously 
recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 21 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Article 13 of the Warrant for 
the April 6, 1998, Annual Town Meeting ("Chapter 90 appropriation for roads and 
bridges"), by reducing said appropriation from $329,026 to $323,278; or to take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Selectman Eugene Hailson moved that the Town vote to reconsider its action taken under 
Article 13 of the Warrant for the April 6, 1998, Annual Town Meeting ("Chapter 90 
appropriation for roads and bridges") by reducing said appropriation from $329,026 to 
$323,278. Seconded. 

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Motion carried 
by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 22 

To see if the Town will vote: 

(a) to accept Maria Drive as town street as shown a plan entitled "Definitive Subdivision 
Plan, Maria Drive, Owner: Philip W. Ross, scale 1"=40', dated March 20, 1997", and 
revised June 24, 1997, and July 9, 1997, prepared by Meridian Engineering, Inc., Richard 
E. Waitt, Jr., Registered Professional Engineer, and recorded at the Essex South District 
Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 321, Plan 26, and further as shown on a plan entitled 
"Street Acceptance Plan Located in Ipswich, MA, prepared for Bayberry Realty Trust, 
scale: 1" = 40', date: August 21, 2000", prepared by Meridian Engineering, Inc., Donald 
E. Bowen, Registered Land Surveyor; copies of both plans are on file in the office of the 
Town Clerk; and 

(b) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift an easement to use said street 
(Maria Drive) for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town; and 

(c) to accept Emery Lane as a town street as shown on the "Definitive Subdivision Plan, 
Owner: James C. & Ann M. Emery, scale: 1" = 40', dated October 28, 1994", and 
revised on 12/12/94, 1/4/95, 1/26/95, and 6/26/95, prepared by Meridian Engineering, 
Inc., Donald E. Bowen, Jr., Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Michael J. 
Juliano, Registered Professional Civil Engineer, and recorded at the Essex South District 
Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 300, Plan 66, and further as shown on a plan entitled 
"Record Conditions Plan of Land Located in Ipswich, MA, prepared for Timothy 
McCarthy, scale: 1" = 40', date: December 14, 1999", prepared by Meridian 
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on file in the office of the Town Clerk; and 

(d) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift an easement to use said street 
(Emery Lane) for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town; and 

(e) to accept Hickory Lane as a town street as shown on the "Definitive Subdivision Plan, 
Bradley Estates, Owner: Ipswich Realty Corp., scale 1"=40', dated July 26, 1996, and 
revised October 21, 1996, January 10, 1997, and February 14, 1997, prepared by Apple 
Associates, Inc., Brian J. Buia, Registered Professional Engineer, and recorded at the 
Essex South District Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 319, Plan 50, a copy of which is on 
file in the office of the Town Clerk; and 

(f) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift an easement to use said street 
(Hickory Lane) for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town; 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 

Planning Board member Robert L. Weatherall moved that the Town vote: 

(a) to accept Maria Drive as a town street as shown a plan entitled "Definitive 
Subdivision Plan, Maria Drive, Owner: Philip W. Ross, scale 1"=40', dated March 20, 
1997, and revised June 24, 1997, and July 9, 1997, prepared by Meridian Engineering, 
Inc., Richard E. Waitt, Jr. , Registered Professional Engineer, and recorded at the Essex 
South District Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 321, Plan 26, and further as shown on a plan 
entitled "Street Acceptance Plan Located in Ipswich, MA, prepared for Bayberry Realty 
Trust, scale: 1" = 40', date: August 21, 2000", prepared by Meridian Engineering, Inc., 
Donald E. Bowen, copies of both said plans being on file in the office of the Town 
Clerk; and 

(b) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift an easement to use said street 
(Maria Drive) for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town; and 

(c) to accept Emery Lane as a town street as shown on the "Definitive Subdivision Plan, 
Owner: James C. & Ann M. Emery, scale: 1" = 40', dated October 28, 1994, and revised 
on 12/12/94, 1/4/95, 1/26/95, and 6/26/95, prepared by Meridian Engineering, Inc., 
Donald E. Bowen, Jr., Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Michael J. Juliano, 
Registered Professional Civil Engineer, and recorded at the Essex South District Registry 
of Deeds, Plan Book 300, Plan 66, a copy of which plan is on file in the office of the 
Town Clerk; and 

(d) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift an easement to use said street 
(Emery Lane) for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town. Seconded. 

The Planning Board, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously 
recommended. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 



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ARTICLE 23 

To see if the Town will vote (1) to adopt a resolution requesting that the Town 
administration include, within the scope of services for contracted trash collection, 
provision for said services to be rendered to: the development known as the Ipswich Club 
Homes Homeowners' Association, located at The Ipswich Country Club, Ipswich; and (2) 
to raise and appropriate a sum of money, in addition to the appropriated under the 
municipal operating budget for FY2001, to pay for said additional services; or to take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. 
Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 24 

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Article 22 of the April 6, 
1999, Annual Town Meeting (said article in part having authorized the Board of 
Selectmen to file special legislation which would create a dedicated revenue stream to the 
Town's Open Space, Recreation, and Water Supply/Watershed Protection Fund) by: a) 
deleting from "Section 1." of said proposed legislation the second sentence thereof which 
reads: "Establishments which have twenty-five (25) or fewer rooms shall be exempt from 
the local option room occupancy excise tax."; and b) in "Section 2." thereof by changing 
the effective date from July 01, 1999, to July 01, 2001; or to take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Selectman Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken under 
Article 22 of the April 6, 1999, Annual Town Meeting (said article in part having 
authorized the Board of Selectmen to file special legislation which would create a 
dedicated revenue stream to the Town's Open Space, Recreation, and Water 
Supply/Watershed Protection Fund) by a) deleting from "Section 1. " of said proposed 
legislation the second sentence thereof which reads: "Establishments which have twenty- 
five (25) or fewer rooms shall be exempt from the local option room occupancy excise 
tax." ; and b) in "Section 2." thereof by changing the effective date of said special 
legislation from July 01, 1999, to July 01, 2001. Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

ARTICLE 25 

To see if the Town will vote to reconsider any or all previous articles raising and/or 
appropriating money contained in this warrant for the purpose of completing a budget 
which is balanced and in compliance with the levy limit provisions of Proposition 2!/2, so 



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called; or to take any other action relative thereto. (Sponsor: Board of Selectmen) 

Selectman James Engel moved that action on this article be postponed indefinitely. 
Seconded. 

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously recommended. 
Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. 

It was moved, seconded and so voted to adjourn the SpecialTown Meeting. The meeting 
was adjourned at 11:10 p.m. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting up attested copies thereof at the 
Post Office and at each of the meeting houses in the Town, and by publication at least 
fourteen (14) days prior to the time for holding said meeting in a newspaper published in, 
or having a general circulation in, the Town of Ipswich. 

Given unto our hands this twenty-fifth day of September in the year of our Lord, Two 
Thousand. 

TOWN OF IPSWICH 
BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

James R. Engel 
Patrick J. McNally 
Edward B. Rauscher 
Eugene A. Hail son 
James W. Foley 



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BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

James R. Engel, Chair 

Following municipal elections in April, the Board re- 
organized, choosing James R. Engel as Chair and Edward B. 
Rauscher as Vice-Chair. In that election James W. Foley 
joined the Board, replacing Brad Hill who has gone on to 
represent Ipswich in the General Court. 

A major continuing activity of the Board during this past 
year has been the re-use and disposition of Town owned 
buildings. At the beginning of the year, three major 
buildings were in play; at the end of the year the list had 
grown to four. 

As a result of the completion of the new Middle School/High 
School complex, the School Department declared the Whipple 
Middle School to be surplus. As a result of that action, 
the Board assumed responsibility for the building and its 
disposition. At the same time, the Board recognized the 
need for substantial maintenance and repair to the Memorial 
Building; and the Third District Court made inquiries as to 
the availability of additional space within the present Town 
Hall for an expanded court program. A municipal Building 
Re-Use Committee was formed, chaired by Selectman McNally, 
and was charged to develop an over-arching plan for these 
facilities. As of this writing, the Town is well on its way 
to conveying the Memorial Hall to Oak Hill for use as 
elderly housing; to remodeling the Whipple School into a new 
Town Hall; and renovating and leasing the old Town Hall to 
the Court. 

Mid-way through this process the School Department declared 
the Whipple School Annex to be surplus, creating the need 
for disposition by the Board of Selectmen. A community 
based outreach program has been initiated to make 
recommendations as to the future of this facility. 

Open space and growth management continues to be a large 
part of the Board's agenda. During this past year, largely 
as the result of the work of the Open Space Committee, 
Ipswich authorized bonding as a Prop 2-H override in the 
amount of $10,000,000 to acquire interest in open space 
parcels of significance in the community. Here again the 
Board benefited from a dedicated committee of Town staff and 
private individuals who designed the program to implement 
the purchase of the open space parcels. 



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Very much related to the open space issue is a study and 
proposal to provide the Neck area of Town with a wastewater 
disposal alternative to on-site systems. Following the 
completion of the initial study near the end of calendar 
year 2000, significant work remains prior to bringing any 
specific proposal to Town for action. 

Two significant accomplishments by Town staff have markedly 
improved the Town's cash position: quarterly tax bills and 
monthly utility bills. Quarterly tax bills were authorized 
by Town Meeting in April of 2000 and were implemented at the 
beginning of Fiscal 2001 (July 2000) . Quarterly billings in 
the Utility Department represent the culmination of a long- 
range plan designed to automate our meter reading function 
and to replace aging meters. 



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TOWN MANAGER 

George E. Howe 

The year 2000 was one in which significant infrastructure 
projects were either commenced or largely completed. As the 
new school complex neared completion, the transition of 
computer systems and networking went smoothly. The Whipple 
Middle School was vacated and renovations were commenced for 
a new Town Hall complex on Green Street. After several 
months of redesign and partial reconstruction, the Central 
Street/Lord Square project was completed. A new sewage force 
main was installed from the Town Wharf back to the Fowlers 
Lane Treatment Plant, and new pumps were ordered for 
installation at the Wharf Pump Station. Nichols Field was 
acquired, and matching grant funding was awarded by the 
Commonwealth . 

Much progress was also made in planning new capital projects 
in the community. For example, the feasibility study of 
converting the South Main Street Town Hall to a District 
Court facility was completed, and lease negotiations with 
The Trial Court were commenced. The Planning Office has 
worked closely with Oak Hill, Inc., in attempting to secure 
grants to design the Memorial Building as additional elderly 
housing units. The Riverwalk easement was secured, and 
additional grant funds were secured from the Commonwealth, 
so design and construction can proceed. In late June, EBSCO 
graciously assisted the Town by undertaking Riverwalk 
foundation repairs on their side of the River. 

Other infrastructure projects in the planning phase included 
the skateboard park, to be located in a rear corner of 



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Bialek Park (between the tennis courts and the railroad 
tracks) ; Hammatt Street reconstruction; the White Lion land 
swap, the sewer line extension on Essex Road to serve that 
project, grant funding for demolition and site preparation, 
and DHCD funding for four units of mentally-handicapped 
adult housing; a stormwater management plan was completed; 
and an update of the sewer facilities plan for the Jeffreys 
Neck/Little Neck area was drafted. Much progress was made in 
development of the utilities databases for our Geographical 
Information System. 

Several major land use initiatives consumed time and energy 
this past year. A petitioned article calling for a cap on 
issuance of building permits for new construction was set 
aside by town meeting. New England Biolabs filed an 
environmental notice for their project, and Turner Hill 
filed a draft environmental impact statement. Voters 
approved a $10,000,000 bond issue for acquisition of open 
space. Extensive efforts were made to add a parcel on 
Gravelly Brook Road to Willowdale State Forest; to acquire, 
via Greenbelt, interests in the Baroway land off County 
Road; and to protect the Wendel property from development. 
An Open Space Program Manager was hired late in the year. 
Our special act for dedicated funds for open space was 
enacted by the legislature, and progress was made on finally 
securing the Bay Circuit Trail easement from the Country 
Club. 

In the area of financial administration, several events are 
worthy of note. We completed our decennial revaluation; 
commenced quarterly tax billing and monthly water/sewer 
billing; commenced database development for GASB-34 fixed 
asset depreciation accounting; and embarked on development 
of an information technology strategic plan. Our assessors 
secured a 48% increase in the valuation of state-owned land, 
which will result in an increase in state cherry sheet aid. 
And detailed planning was undertaken for telecommunications, 
computer networking, and cable television facilities at the 
New Town Hall. The Library construction grant was received. 

With respect to personnel administration issues, in the year 
2000 the first collective bargaining agreement with library 
workers was ratified; the AFSCME labor and trades Group #1 
unit was funded; and the police contract went to arbitration 
before the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee. 
MIS Director Greg Parachojuk joined the staff in July, 
replacing Dan Parker. Fire Chief Henry Michalski assumed 
command of the Fire Department in September. Conservation 
Agent Kathryn Campbell Glenn left service with the town in 



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December. Library Assistant Director Susan Wilkish retired 
after 43 years of service. 

A few other miscellaneous items are worthy of mention. In 
cooperation with the MBTA, we ran a trial of the railroad 
"Whistle Rule" as if it were in place as proposed by the 
Federal Rail Administration, and few complaints were 
received. A ten-year contract was executed with Waste 
Management, Inc., for trash collection and recycling. 

And while all of these projects were ongoing, the Municipal 
Building Reuse Committee, acting somewhat as a "committee of 
the whole", worked with Project Manager Bart Lawrence and 
Architect Max Ferro to oversee the improvements to the New 
Town Hall. Subcommittees worked on planning the move, 
signage and aesthetics, furniture, and technology issues. 

The year has been one of both successes and with much 
promise for good things to come. May I express my 
appreciation to the Board of Selectmen, to the town staff, 
and to the citizens for the support you have given to the 
efforts put forth by our municipal team. 

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DEPARTMENT O F PU BL IC SAFETY - Charles D. Surpitski, Director 
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POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Charles D. Surpitski, Chief 
Peter A. Foote, Deputy Chief 

As the statistics below will indicate, the Police Department 
had a very busy 2000. Crime, disorder, and negative 
influences that diminish the quality of community life are 
dealt with on a daily basis. Citizens must continue to be 
vigilant and involved to assist their police officers to 
make our community safe during all times of the day and 
night . 

Alarms 922 

Assaults 39 

Disturbances 290 

Breaking & Entering 46 

Domestic Disputes 128 

Larcenies 146 

Medical Aids 511 

Missing Persons 44 

M/V Accidents 368 

M/V Theft 18 

Susp Activity 457 



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Threats 42 

Total Calls for Service 9,332 

Significant training to meet crime challenges and to keep 
our personnel current in the law and innovative ways to meet 
the challenges we face was undertaken. Grants that 
underwrite our combined civilian dispatch center and' school 
resource officer were implemented. An innovative 
partnership between the schools, community, and police to 
further prepare our middle and high school students for the 
responsibility of citizenship and emotional intelligence was 
funded through a State grant. A drug prevention grant 
(D.A.R.E.) and community policing grant were obtained. In 
addition to the innovative patrol strategies funded through 
the community policing grant, we joined with our neighbor 
communities of Topsfield, Hamilton, and Wenham and the Salem 
based organization Help for Abused Women and Children to 
reinstate a proactive domestic violence advocacy and 
outreach program. 

Long time Patrolman Arthur Solomonides retired at the end of 
the year. We and the community should be grateful for his 
dedication, professionalism, and for all the contributions 
he made to the safety of the public. 

As always, we are grateful to the community for its support. 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Chief Henry Michalski, Jr. 

As in past years, the Fire Department experienced a busy 
year. The department responded to 2,673 requests for 
service, which break down as follows: 



Incidents : 




Building fires 


26 


Vehicle fires 


6 


Other fires 


46 


Hazardous conditions 


78 


Rescue & Medical 


623 


Mutual aid 


20 


Service calls 


220 


Good intent calls 


123 


Unintentional alarms 


239 


False calls 


18 



Total 1,400 



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Department Business: 

Training 25 

Equipment maintenance 81 

Other business 264 

Total 370 

Fire Prevention 

Fire alarm inspection 335 

Oil burner inspections 63 

Plans review 97 

Building inspections 125 

Occupancy inspections 101 

Gas inspections 36 

Other fire prevention 146 

Total 903 



How to staff the Linebrook station still remains a concern. 
The effectiveness of response times at best, under good 
conditions are questionable. Winter months add precious time 
to emergency vehicles arriving at fire or medical 
emergencies. By manning the Linebrook station, the Town 
would increase its firefighting capabilities and also 
increase emergency medical response to the Linebrook area. 
Firefighters assigned to the Linebrook area would be 
Firef ighter/EMT' s. They would have the capabilities of 
handling fire emergencies as well as stabilizing medical 
patients until the ambulance arrives for transport. 

Training is ever ongoing within the department. Both the 
full-time and call firefighters have been busy attending 
classes in house as well as through other organizations such 
as the Massachusetts State Fire Academy, and North Shore 
Community College, keeping abreast of the latest techniques 
in firefighting, emergency response, and emergency medical 
care, in an effort to better serve the community and its 
residents . 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the 
department members and the residents of Ipswich for making 
my transition to the Town an enjoyable experience. I look 
forward to working with all the town boards, the residents 
of the community and the members of the Fire and Police 
Departments in the coming year. 

The Department wishes to extend its thanks to the community 
for all its support in the past as well as future. The Fire 



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Department is always there to serve you in whatever 
situation you may encounter. 



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ANIMAL CONTROL 

Harry Leno, Animal Control Officer 

Sadly, we report the untimely passing of Ellen White, the 
Assistant Animal Control Officer. Ellen was truly dedicated 
to the Town and the health of our domestic and wild animal 
population. She will be missed. 

The Animal Control Department continued to stress and 
educate all of our citizens on the responsibility of quality 
pet care. This effort will improve the quality of community 
life in the long term. The proper adherence and enforcement 
of issues such as the removal of dog waste from public 
areas, vicious and barking dogs, proper inoculations of 
animals, and the leash law significantly contribute to this 
goal. These responsibilities continued to be stressed to 
the owners of cats, as well. This pet population is growing 
rapidly. 

The Department continues to spend significant time dealing 
with incidents involving our wild animal population. 
Although, for another year, there were no recorded positive 
rabies incidents, we must remain vigilant. The disease 
continues to be present in our Town and will remain so for 
the foreseeable future. 

The Ipswich Humane Group once again needs to be thanked for 
their continued financial and volunteer support. Without 
this dedicated group of individuals, the cost to the Town to 
care for wayward and abandoned animals would greatly 
increase. Additionally, they are responsible for a major 
private fundraiser to build an improved animal shelter. 
Construction will begin in 2001. 

Below are the recorded incidents the Department dealt with 
during 2000. 

Adopted 104 

Animals Killed by Cars 144 

Citations Issued 123 

Complaints Received 2991 

Complaints Investigated 2655 

Dog Bites 35 

Dogs & Cats Euthanized 4 

Dog Licenses Issued 1606 

Multi licenses Issued 55 



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Dogs picked Up 139 

Animals Found 138 

Positive Rabies Tests 

Rabies Quarantine Orders Issued 125 



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HARBORS DEPARTMENT 

Charles D. Surpitski, Harbormaster 

John Poirier, Officer in Charge 

Charles Schwartz, Assistant Harbormaster 

The year 2000 brought a significant new program to the 
Harbors Department. Having received a grant from the State, 
we began a boat pumpout program that was highly successful. 
Approximately 2,500 gallons of boat effluent was pumped and 
properly disposed of at shore facilities. This effort. to 
keep our waterways clean will hopefully continue in the 
future . 

The Department continued its efforts to educate users of our 
waterways in safe boating practices. The jet ski patrol and 
the pumpout boat operator greatly enhanced the efforts of 
the officer assigned to the boat in this regard. 
Thankfully, there were no major incidents or accidents. 

With input from the members of the Waterways Advisory 
Committee, additional markers were procured and placed, 
marking the river for better navigation. Due to coastal 
changes throughout the year, the markers were monitored with 
the greatest of care to ensure proper location. 

The Department continued to work closely with the U.S. Coast 
Guard, the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and the 
Shellfish Department on issues concerning the environment 
and enforcement. 

We continue to aggressively pursue the dredging of the mouth 
of the river, the channel leading outward in front of the 
beach, and parts of Ipswich Bay. Representative Brad Hill, 
Senator Bruce Tarr, and Congressman Tierney should be 
thanked for the on-going efforts that will someday make this 
project a reality. 

We wish to thank all those boaters, skiers, and others who 
continually operate their vessels in a safe and careful 
manner, and who assist us by reporting violations observed 
on the waterways. We continue to encourage this close 
relationship with waterway users and remind all that we are 
not only there as enforcers of the laws, but to assist those 



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in need. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve all 
members of our waterways and boating community. 

Mooring Permits Issued: 570 

Seasonal Launching Permits Issued: , 294 
Daily Launching Permits Issued: 478 

SHELLFISH DEPARTMENT 

Phil Kent, Constable 

As indicated in last year's report that shellfish harvests 
would not be as bountiful as in past years, it became a 
reality. The number of observed "seed" clams on the flats 
indicate that next year would be the same. This cyclical 
cycle is believed to be normal. 

The year 2000 saw significant improvement in the water 
quality of the Ipswich River and associated tributaries. 
This permitted the harvesting of shellfish in areas closed 
for decades. From November 1, 1999, to May 18, 2000, 
approximately 3,908 bushels of clams were taken from Fox 
Creek. Late in the year, we received word that other 
shellfish beds in the river would be open to clamming. The 
dedication and hard work of government officials and private 
citizens played a significant role in bring these changes 
about . 

The Shellfish Department received seed clams from a project 
sponsored by Salem State College. These clams were placed in 
the recreational clamming flat in Eagle Hill Cove. 
Hopefully, they will prosper and grow and provide a 
bountiful harvest and wholesome recreational opportunity to 
those citizens not involved in the commercial aspects of the 
industry. 

Unfortunately, there were a number of forced closings of the 
flats due to increased bacteri'a counts in the waterways. 
Generally, these occur when rain and its resultant runoff 
into our coastal waters heighten bacteria levels. Plum 
Island Sound (area 4) was closed for 96 days as the result 
of these occurrences, while the flats in the Castle Neck 
River (area 7) were closed for 79. Both areas were closed 
simultaneously for 65 days. 

The Shellfish Department continues to work closely with and 
offers assistance to many other local, state, and federal 
agencies. This cooperative attitude benefits the monitoring 
of the industry, the viability of the flats, and the safety 



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of the product, and of our waterways. The Department is 
thankful for the advice and counsel of other agencies, the 
dedicated private citizen Shellfish Advisory Board, and all 
the residents who have supported the Department. 

Below are the number of licenses issued over the past year. 

Resident Yearly 81 

Resident Family 171 

Resident Commercial 125 

Over 60 Free recreational 9 

Non-Resident Yearly 103 

Non-Resident Daily 27 

Eagle Hill Stickers 4 



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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

John Poirier, Director 

The year two thousand has come and gone, but not without 
several challenges that faced Emergency Management. The 
Department began the year ensuring that the Town was 
prepared to deal with any potential disruptions caused by 
Y2k. It went on to ensure that the Town was prepared to 
meet any other natural or man made disaster situation that 
may have occurred. Of special note were the heavy amounts 
of rainfall that fell in June and July. The office 
monitored the storms and made sure that flooding or 
potential flooding was contained or curbed. 

The Department also made significant progress in 
streamlining the process of Town interdepartmental 
cooperation in times of emergency. Our Comprehensive 
Emergency Management plan was updated. In addition to 
outlining plans for Town personnel to deal with major 
incidents, this procedure will make it easier to contact and 
integrate relief and abatement efforts with the 
Massachusetts Management Agency (MEMA) , and the Tidal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) , should a local, state, 
or federal emergency be declared. 

As we face the new "millennium, " Emergency Management 
training is being focussed on the threat of terrorism, be it 
local or international. Both the F.B.I. , which has the 
investigative jurisdiction, as well as F.E.M.A., which is 
responsible for the response and recovery are conducting 
more frequent training opportunities throughout the state 
focussing on these issues. Regional grants have been 
authorized through the Federal Emergency Management Agency 



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to train and equip teams capable of responding to chemical, 
biological and nuclear incidents. 

So, as you can see, there are many challenges still to face 
Through training and education, the department will remain 
prepared to meet any actual or potential disaster in the 
coming year. 



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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 

Armand T. Michaud, Director 

The Public Works Department coordinates the activities of 
the following divisions: Public Works Administration, 
Highway, Cemetery/Parks Division, Equipment Maintenance, 
Building Maintenance Division, Transfer Station, Rubbish 
Disposal, Recycling, and Snow and Ice Control. Each Division 
is charged with particular responsibilities relating to its 
duties. When additional manpower is required to perform 
specific tasks, personnel are interchanged within the 
divisions . 

SNOW AND ICE CONTROL 

The Public Works Divisions combine their work forces during 
the winter months, other personnel assisting the Public 
Works crews were from the Cemetery, Water, and Water 
Treatment Departments. The winter of 1999/2000 was an 
average winter. 

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE DIVISION 
Robert Hetnar, Diesel Mechanic 

All Public Works vehicles are serviced and repaired at the 
Town Garage. At present there are 54 pieces of motorized 
equipment that must be kept in good operating condition to 
insure its availability when needed. Operation cost records 
showing maintenance and gas/oil expenses on each vehicle can 
be ascertained from the Public Works Administration Office 
in the Town Hall. A front end loader and a small truck were 
purchased this year. 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE DIVISION 

Routine maintenance and minor repairs were performed at the 
Town Hall and Municipal Garage throughout the year. 



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HIGHWAY DIVISION 
Norman Stone, Foreman 

The Highway Division is charged with the maintenance and 
repairing of the Town's streets and drainage systems. The 
winter schedule consists mainly of Snow and Ice Control and 
routine maintenance that does not require excavations. 
During the other three seasons, the men are kept busy with 
projects varying from road construction to street sweeping. 
Normal maintenance consists of patching streets, repairing 
Town's drains, repairing sidewalks, and sign maintenance. 
All catch basins in Town were cleaned. Several plugged 
drains were cleared. Street sweeping was performed twice a 
week in the downtown area from April to December. All Town 
roads and sidewalks were swept in the spring to rid them of 
winter sand deposits. Crosswalks, parking spaces, and 
traffic lines were painted in the downtown areas. Crosswalks 
were painted with white tiger stripes. Also, 142,239 lineal 
feet of center lines and fog lines were painted. All gravel 
roads were graded twice in 1999/2000. They also set up 
voting booths and set up for the Town Meetings. 

Mount Pleasant Avenue, Clark Road, and Warren Street were 
reclaimed and hot topped. The reconstruction of Central 
Street, Lord's Square, and High Street (both streets and 
sidewalks) from the Fire Station to the railroad bridge 
completed the fall of 2000. This work was done with a State 
Grant of $600,000+. 



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Signs refurbished by the Highway Department personnel 

FORESTRY DIVISION 

The men are doing the usual Forestry work plus approximately 
six months of line clearing for the Electric Department. 
They did brush cutting in various areas in the Town. They 
also pruned some trees and removed approximately 75 trees. 

TRANSFER STATION 

The Transfer Station seems to be running well. Recycling 
bins for cans, glass, co-mingled paper, cardboard, tires, 
and batteries are on the site. Approximately 350 people use 
this facility per week. There is an area for white goods, 
metals, four foot fluorescent bulbs, and CRT's/TV's. Leaves 
and yard waste may be hauled there year around. There is a 
Salvation Army bin, Pine Street Inn bin, and Goodwill bin 
for used clothing. There were three paint collections last 
fall. These were done by appointment only. The paint 
collection will start up again in May of 2001. There is also 
a container for cans for the Boy Scouts. 

SANITATION 

Look for yearly calendar and updates in local newspapers. 

CEMETERIES/PARKS DEPARTMENT 

James E. Graff urn, Superintendent 

The Cemetery-Parks Division continues to maintain the 217 
acres of land under its jurisdiction, consisting of nine 
cemeteries, five playgrounds, and several areas of open 
space land including all Town Commons. 



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The Town boardwalk at Crane Beach was severely damaged due 
to very high tides and gale force winds from several winter 
storms. In an attempt to prevent similar future harm, the 
boardwalk was redesigned and reconstructed in the hope that 
future damage would not occur. 




The old softball field under the lights at Bialek Park was 
completely renovated to allow use by the Girls Little League 
Teams . 

Also, goal posts and additional bleacher seating were 
installed at Bialek Park to successfully accommodate the 
fans at home games for the Ipswich High School football 
season while new fields are under construction at the new 
Middle School/High School facility. 

The Cemetery-Parks staff assists the Public Works Department 
in the snow removal/sanding operation as well as any 
emergencies as needed. 

Revenue 



Chapel Tent: 
Foundations : 
Openings : 
Perpetual Care: 
Sale of Lots: 
Total 



$2,025.00 
3,810.22 

32,075.00 

5,750.00 

9,200.00 

$52,860.22 



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SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Jim Temple, Chair 

During the past year, Town residents continued to do a good 
job at recycling compared with neighboring towns. A few 
households still need to "get with curbside recycling." 



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Recycling tonnage was 1189 for FY 2000, up from 1019 in 
1999. Mass DEP has increased our incentive for recycling 
from $8 to $10 per ton and $20 of each ton of increase. The 
Town just received $7,230 for the last Mass DEP six-month 
measurement for our recycling. Total awards for this 
program (3-1/2 years) is $33,288. 

In recent years, recycling and other conservation has 
allowed us to hold the trash tonnage flat even with the 
increase in the number of households. That is not true for 
2001 year to date - tonnage is 113 higher. But, with the 100 
units added at River Ridge, that is still very good. Tipping 
fee for trash incineration is up to $72 per ton. In the 
first six months since July 1, the Town has saved $65,675 in 
incineration cost through curbside recycling! 

A new system for collecting and loading recyclables at all 
Town buildings and all schools has just been implemented. 
New toters, (containers) , which are mechanically loaded by 
the recycling truck, have been placed for use, also co- 
mingled recycling at Winthrop School. 




Restricting CRT x s (TV's, computer monitors, etc.) from the 
trash and collecting them at the Transfer Station has taken 
a major effort - and is expensive. Other items containing 
mercury are next on the agenda. 



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DEPARTMENT OF CODE ENFORCEMENT - James A. Sperber, Director 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT 

James A. Sperber, Building Inspector 

Category # of Permits Fees 

Single Family Dwelling- (Detached) 

Demolish & Re-Construct Dwelling 

Single Family Attached Dwelling 

Sun Decks & Porches 

Swimming Pools 

Additions 

Demolition 

Remodel /Alteration 

Detached Accessory Structures 

Signs 

Siding, Roofing, Windows 

Miscellaneous 

New Commercial Structures 

Detached Commercial Structures 

Commercial Alterations 

TOTAL BUILDING PERMITS 

TOTAL CERTIFICATES OF 

OCCUPANCY 
TOTAL ANNUAL INSPECTIONS 
VALUATION OF CONSTRUCTION 

Plumbing 
Gas 

TOTAL PERMIT PLUMBING & GAS FEES 

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT 

Colleen E. Pelley, Health Agent 

The following is the yearly report of the activities of the 
Health Department, for the year 2000: 

LICENSES AND PERMITS ISSUED 

Food Service 60 

Retail Food 26 

Caterer 4 

temporary Food 11 

Mobile Food 2 

Frozen Desserts 4 



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34 






4 






25 






62 






6 






38 






6 






105 




. 


52 






10 






152 






86 






4 






9 






34 






627 


$ 


110,290.00 


157 




3, 925.00 


33 




1,320.00 




$35, 


809, 109.00 


221 




19,450.00 


211 




13, 080.00 
$32, 530.00 



Disposal Works Construction Permits 74 

Septic Haulers 17 

Septic Installers 64 

Swimming Pools 7 

Recreational Camps - 5 

Massage Therapy 26 

Tobacco 23 

Funeral Directors . 2 

Private Well Permits 12 

HEALTH INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS 

Food Service Inspections 136 

Housing Inspections 24 

Nuisance & Environmental Complaints 42 

Percolation Tests 100 

Deep Hole Observations 219 

Septic System Inspections 202 

Swimming Pool Inspections 8 

Surface Water Testing 45 

COMMUNITY HEALTH 



Immunizations & Clinics 



C ommunicable Disease 

I nves t i gat ions /Fol low-Up 



Influenza 410 

Pneumonia 6 

Tetanus 4 

Well Elderly Clinics 12 

Hepatitis B 15 



Salmonella 

Lyme 

Giardia 

Campylobacter 

Hepatitis C 

Pertussis 

Crypto spordium 



4 
37 
1 
3 
1 
2 
1 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES INSPECTIONS 



Gasoline Pumps 
Oil Trucks 
Apothecary 
Scales or Balances 



83 

9 

13 

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ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 

Keith B. Hughes, Chairman 

There were ninety-six (96) petitions before the Zoning Board 
of Appeals in 2000, a decrease of thirty-eight (38) from 
1999. There were two (2) Appeals of the Building Inspector's 
decision (one more than 1998), both of which were denied. 
There were fifty-five (55) Special Permit petitions (down 



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from eighty-three in 1999) . Fifty-two (52) were granted, 
three (3) were withdrawn, and sixteen (16) were granted with 
conditions. There were thirty-five (35) Variance requests 
(down six from 1999) . Thirty-two (32) were granted, two (2) 
denied, one (1) was withdrawn, and fifteen (15) were granted 
with conditions. 

There were four (4) Comprehensive Permit requests (there 
were none in 1999) . Two (2) were granted, one (1) was 
denied, and one (1) has been continued to a later date. The 
process for the Comprehensive Permits has taken up an 
excessive amount of the Board's and the Recording 
Secretary's schedule. 

The Board finds its need for administrative support 
continues to increase. Files continue to be updated and 
entered on a database. 

Keith B. Hughes was the Board Chairman, and David G. Mollica 
and Jennifer T. Walker were the Vice-Chairs. Arthur N. Sotis 
has continued his many years of service. Miranda Gooding and 
David L. Levesque left and were replaced by Alternate 
Members Richard C. Alfoni and Jennifer T. Walker. Alternate 
Members appointed were Robert A. Gambale and Kevin B. 
Lombard. The Members and Alternate Members continue to make 
great contributions to the Board. Mr. Levesque was presented 
with a state certificate from State Representative Brad Hill 
and a plaque from the Board Members to show their 
appreciation of Levesque' s fourteen years of service to the 
Town. The Board would also like to thank James A. Sperber, 
the Building Inspector, and Linda F. Valle, the Recording 
Secretary, for their administrative support and a job well- 
done . 

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DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT 

Glenn C. Gibbs, Director 

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 

Glenn C. Gibbs, Director 

The Department of Planning & Development is responsible for 
guiding the development and conservation of land in the Town 
of Ipswich, both through the regulatory process and through 
the development and implementation of long range plans. It 
does this in part by providing support and guidance for each 
of the boards and commissions within its directorate: 
Planning Board, Master Plan Commission, Conservation 
Commission, the Historical Commission, and the Housing 



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Partnership Committee (reports on their activities are given 
below, with the exception of the Master Plan Commission, 
which is currently inactive) . The Department also provides 
support to the Open Space Committee and various ad hoc 
committees. Listed below are some of the initiatives 
undertaken by the Department in 2000. 

> Drafted several zoning articles, including one that eased 
the process for expanding nonconforming structures, and 
another that strengthened the Open Space Preservation 
provision of the zoning bylaw. 

> Prepared successful $235,000 grant application for site 
clearance and the extension of public sewerage associated 
with the redevelopment of the former White Lion 
Restaurant site on Essex Road as affordable housing. 

> Continued staff support of growth management planning 
effort, which included three civic forums on the future 
of Ipswich. 

> Prepared successful $300,000 grant application to fund 
additional costs associated with the Downtown Ipswich 
Riverwalk. 

> Provided staff support to the Open Space Bond Steering 
Committee, which prepared recommendations for 
implementing the Town's $10 million open space protection 
program. 

> Assisted Oak Hill Inc. in its efforts to obtain and 
renovate the Memorial Building for seven units of 
affordable elderly housing. 

> Submitted successful $325, 000 grant application to the 
Environmental Protection Agency for funds to establish a 
near real-time monitoring system in the Ipswich and 
Parker River watersheds. / 

There were two personnel changes in 2000, both at year's 
end. Just before Christmas, the Department welcomed Tracie 
Hines as the Open Space Program Manager. Funded out of the 
$10 million open space bond authorization, Tracie will lead 
the effort to protect the town's significant open spaces. 
Shortly after Christmas, the Department bade farewell to 
Kathryn Glenn, who left the Town' s employ after more than 
three and one-half years of sterling service to the Town. 
Kathryn will continue to work part-time on environmental 
issues for a local consulting firm, so she will be putting 



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her skills to good use. We wish her all the best in her new 
endeavor. 



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PLANNING BOARD 

Leslie F. Brooks, Chair 

The Planning Board had a busy and productive year in 2000. 
This year saw the departure of longtime Board member Jack 
Beagan. He was replaced by Robert Weatherall, who joined 
remaining members Joshua Massey, Jan Heintzman-Lindsay, 
Leslie Brooks, and Leo Murphy. David Morrow continued as 
associate member. 

Four subdivisions came before the Board in 2000: a one-lot 
definitive plan at the end of Blaisdell Terrace, which -was 
approved; a one-lot preliminary plan at 304 Linebrook Road; 
an eight lot definitive plan at 317-321 Linebrook Road, 
which was withdrawn by the applicant midway through the 
process; and a 20 lot definitive plan for an on-going 
development off of Boxford Road, which will be an open space 
preservation subdivision. Designed by internationally-known 
conservation subdivision expert Randall Arendt, the proposed 
Winchester Commons promises to be a model for future 
development, not only in Ipswich but the entire region. The 
Board also continued to deal with a proposed development off 
Gravelly Brook Road in the Willowdale State Forest. 

The Board reviewed 11 applications for site plan review 
during this past year, one of them a resubmission, and four 
of them in conjunction with special permit applications. Of 
these, nine were approved, one was withdrawn, and one is 
pending. There were also three modifications to site plan 
review proposals. 

Twelve special permit applications were also filed with the 
Planning Board, as well as one modification to a special 
permit. Approved applications include a storage building at 
180 High street; a 21 unit condominium project at the former 
Brown's Mill site on Brownville Avenue; a cell tower at the 
San-Tron property on Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) ; a 
three-lot open space preservation development on Pine Swamp 
Road; a mixed use (3 retail bays/10 dwellings) building in 
Depot Square; an industrial building off Route One; and an 
application by New England Biolabs for redelineation of a 
water supply district boundary. An application for a 16 unit 
multi-family residential development at 226 High Street was 
withdrawn, and an application for a 12 unit multi-family 
development at 141-143 High Street was denied. An 



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application for an eight-unit condominium development at 51 
& 55 Linebrook Road (access off Kimball Avenue) is pending. 

Other Board activities included approval of a road 
improvement plan at 300 Linebrook Road, approval of access 
to a residential lot under the scenic roads act, at 72 Old 
Right Road, and public hearings regarding proposed revisions 
to the Ipswich Zoning Bylaw. A preliminary and definitive 
plan were submitted for a one-lot subdivision at 7 Cogswell 
Street, and several special permit applications for New 
England Biolabs are pending. The Board reviewed and acted 
on 20 applications for ANR (Approval Not Required Under 
Subdivision Control Law) plans. Of these, 18 were endorsed, 
one was not approved, and one was withdrawn. 

The Board wishes to acknowledge the hard work of Glenn 
Gibbs, Director of Planning and Development, and Joan 
Vontzalides, Planning Assistant. We look forward to another 
busy and productive year. 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

David Standley, Chair 

Kathryn Glenn, Conservation Agent 

Marie Rodgers, Recording Secretary 

The Conservation Commission is composed of seven appointed 
town officials who serve as unpaid volunteers. The 
Commission serves as an advisor to other municipal officials 
and boards on the conservation aspects of these other 
boards' areas of responsibility. The commission also serves 
the public as a provider of information on conservation and 
preservation activities in the community. The Commission may 
accept gifts of land or money for conservation purposes. The 
Commission's existence also allows the community to qualify 
for State self-help funds. 

In 1972, with the introduction of the Massachusetts Wetlands 
Protection Act, Conservation Commissions were given the 
responsibility of regulatory review and permitting of all 
projects within one hundred feet of wetland resource areas. 
In 1996, the Rivers Protection Act increased the 
jurisdictional area around all perennial streams to 200 
feet. In Ipswich, the Commission is also required to review 
projects under the Town of Ipswich Wetlands Protection 
Bylaw, which expands jurisdiction to include, in addition to 
the above, all projects within 150 feet of the coastal Area 
of Critical Environmental Concern, which is defined as 
elevation 10 along the entire coast of Ipswich. Today, the 



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vast majority of the Commission's efforts are toward wetland 
resource protection, and members spend numerous hours 
learning and reviewing regulatory requirements for projects 
within their jurisdiction. 

This year, we were deeply saddened by the passing of Ruth 
Barton, former Recording Secretary, who resigned her 
position in 1999 due to health reasons. William Mitchell, 
long-time member of the Commission and its Chair since 1999, 
resigned due to pressure of business and was replaced as 
Chair by member David Standley. We welcomed new member 
Jennifer Hughes, who was for many years a member of the 
Grafton Commission. As the year ended we accepted with 
deepest regrets the resignation of our most valuable Agent, 
Kathryn Glenn (Campbell) , who left to spend more time with 
her new family, and initiated a search for her successor. 

In 2000, the Commission continued to serve our beautiful 
seaside community with its abundance of wetlands and 
wildlife by administering the regulations in the Wetland 
Protection Act and the Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw. 
This year the Commission took almost 200 official actions, 
as listed below. The following is a list of some of the 
permitting activities as compared with the previous four 
years: Notable is the reduction in the numbers of Notices of 
Intent and Orders of Conditions compared to previous years. 
Does this indicate a reduction in development pressure on 
wetlands? More effective education about their importance? 
An economic slowdown? 

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 
Notices of Intent 
Orders of Conditions 
Requests for Determination 

of Applicability 
Determination of Applicability 36 
Certificates of Compliance 
Extension Permit 
Enforcement Orders 

To accomplish this permitting process, Commission members 
attended twenty-five regularly scheduled evening meetings, 
several special meetings, visited numerous projects, and 
fielded dozens of citizen's queries. 

With the dedicated volunteer efforts of Associate Member 
Lillian North, the Office will soon have all files in an 
easily accessible database format, which will further 
increase the efficiency with which information can be 
obtained. Marie Rodgers has made tremendous strides to 



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52 


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44 


55 


59 


64 


63 


40 


38 


67 


47 


26 


45 


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66 


46 


24 


32 


17 


10 


16 


25 


13 


3 


5 


5 


2 


14 


2 


5 


6 


8 


10 



overcome significant space limitations and create an easy- 
to-access filing system, as well. Through these efforts, 
the Conservation Commission and its staff continue to 
protect the valuable and significant resources of the Town 
of Ipswich. 



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HOUSING PARTNERSHIP 

Marie Rodgers, Housing Coordinator 

Families who have never owned a home are eligible to receive 
financial assistance through the Town' s First-Time 
Homebuyers Program. The program is funded by the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, the HOME 
Program and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and 
Community Development. Funds are processed through the 
North Shore HOME Consortium in Peabody. 

Each qualifying family receives a no interest, deferred 
payment loan. The maximum loan amount is five percent of the 
purchase price of the home or $6,500, whichever is less, and 
must be matched by the buyer at the time of closing. The 
loan does not need to be paid back until the home is sold or 
transferred. 

As coordinator, I review and evaluate loan applications and 
perform the administrative duties required, working out of 
the Department of Planning & Development in Town Hall. 
Unfortunately, no families qualified to receive funding in 
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HISTORICAL COMMISSION 

Robert B. Simmons, Chair 

The Historical Commission had another busy year in 2000. New 
efforts to preserve and maintain the historic assets of our 
town are underway. 

This year the Mary Conley Award for outstanding preservation 
and renovation of historic structures was presented to the 
owners of the Cross Farm renovation project done at 41 
Linebrook Road. 

Threats to our historic assets this year continue to be more 
frequent due to increasing development pressures. A site in 
Ipswich had the dubious honor of having made the Top Ten 
Most Endangered Properties list of the Massachusetts 



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Historical Commission. The property is the circa 1723 
Knowlton House on County Street, adjacent to, and owned by 
the Stephen Caldwell Nursing Home. The home has been 
threatened with demolition for the past several years by the 
owners. Efforts to save the house have been unsuccessful to 
date . 

The historic Wendell Farm site, which contains several 
historic dwellings including the Ross Tavern, has been the 
focus of great debate and controversy. The property is 
currently for sale and has been threatened by a plan to 
develop the property as a residential retirement community. 
This property holds museum-quality dwellings from the 17th 
century, like the tavern, which was relocated from downtown 
earlier in the century. The Commission is working with land 
trusts, preservation organizations and interested 
townspeople to help preserve these structures. The 
conservation of the property's open spaces is of concern to 
the community as well. Major efforts to raise money through 
Town's funding have been proposed in order to save the site 
for public use. 




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The Tavern on the Wendell Property 



A Victorian house along the railroad tracks at 7 Linebrook 
Road is still slated for demolition by the MBTA. The 
Commission is working with the Town to find potential owners 
willing to move the house to a new site. 

The Commission continues to complete the study of much- 
needed historic assets in the Town. The Wendell property, 
the Searle mansion at the Sisters of Notre Dame property, 
and the Cross Farm property have all been studied through 
the services of historic researcher Susan Nelson. She has 
been indispensable to the Commission's efforts over the 
years. The Searle mansion has recently been slated for 
demolition as well, and the Commission hopes to work with 



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the Sisters to create a plan to save the building for a 
better use. 

The Historical Commission is embarking on a program to 
continue covenanting houses in town to protect them against 
change and destructive renovations, on a pro-active . basis, 
hoping to increase the list of protected properties from the 
current 31 we hold to date. 

We continue to receive historic maps, letters, photos, and 
other documents. We are continuing to preserve some of 
these items, including such treasures as a letter from 
President Thomas Jefferson, which was mounted and framed 
this year. We hope that anyone with anything of historic 
significance to Ipswich will contact us. 



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DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 

Elizabeth M. Dorman, Director 

RECREATION DEPARTMENT 

Elizabeth M. Dorman, Recreation Director 

A variety of programs, services, and activities were 
organized for all age groups including a number of 
community-based social services. 

Family events included the July 4th Parade & Field Day, the 
annual Marathon, a Halloween Parade & program, and the 
Memorial Day Parade organized by local veterans' groups. 
Cooperation with the Ipswich Business Association again 
facilitated Santa's arrival with a parade from School Street 
to Town Hill for tree lighting ceremonies and caroling after 
the Partnership's "Colonial Holiday in Ipswich" celebration. 

Summer offerings again included tennis lessons at Bialek 
Park, teen golf at the Ipswich Country Club, junior golf at 
Rowley Country Club, Workreation and Adventure Camp for 
young teens, Kids Day Camp, Theatre Camp, the annual youth 
Sand Sculpture Day at Crane's Beach, and drop-in activities 
at Bialek Park with optional day trips. Swim lessons with 
busing were contracted at the YMCA, and lifeguards were 
again provided at Pavilion Beach. 

A "Farewell to Old Ipswich High School" event in June 
included a puppet show, carnival games, indoor skating, and 
a teen dance to benefit the skatepark project. A grant from 
Pepsi Cola and proceeds from newly installed drink machines 
at Bialek Park enhanced fundraising efforts; and hearings 



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began with Town boards to finalize details for the selected 
site near the tennis courts. 

Summer picnics at Bialek Park featured a UNH Caravan Show, 
"School House Rock" by the Randolph Youth Theatre, " Jedlie' s 
Magic Circus", a local talent show, magic by Rich Nunziato, 
and a Kids Dog Show and demonstration by the Old Colony 
Obedience Club. The Recreation Department sponsored 
community band played outdoors at Cable Gardens and Castle 
Hill. 

Fall activities included Friday Frolics for grades 4-5, a 
Helping Hands quilting and knitting group, and a number of 
other small, after school programs. Winter programs included 
two learn-to-ski programs for grades 3-5 and 6-8, several 
February vacation week activities, and adult volleyball and 
ping pong offerings. 

The Memorial Building continued to be used by many local 
agencies including Girl Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind, youth 
sports organizations, dog trainers, art classes, HAWC, The 
American Legion, and the Recreation Commission. It also 
housed the Recreation Office, self-help groups, and a 
variety of after- school and evening teen activities. 

The seven-member Recreation Commission and Recreation 
Director met regularly throughout the year to discuss 
programs, facilities, and policies as well as to plan for 
the future. Members volunteered often at a number of 
programs. 




Fabulous Foam Day at Bialek 

(Closing event of the summer 

program) 



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YOUTH SERVICES 

Marcia Ford, Youth Director 

Youth services in Ipswich are dedicated to improving the lives 
of Ipswich youth by offering a number of varied programs to 
meet recreational, academic, and social needs of this unique 
population. The foundation of the Youth Services Program 
continues to be community Collaboration. Many programs were 
developed as joint ventures with other local agencies in 
direct response to community needs. 

One such endeavor is the Community Resource Project co- 
sponsored by Family Works of H.E.S., Children's Friend and 
Family Services, and Ipswich Human Services. This program 
provided comprehensive services for families experiencing 
stress and offered services that included counseling and 
various recreation opportunities. A service team coordinated 
with the family to assist them in issues affecting their 
household. Another important group, the Ipswich Coalition for 
Family Services, comprised of concerned service providers 
dedicated to improving the lives of Ipswich families met 
monthly to share ideas and resources. 

A variety of student programs have continued to meet specific 
needs such as an after school program for at-risk youth that 
coordinated counseling sessions, homework monitoring, and 
family support. Also, crisis intervention and case 
coordination was available. Monday Night Fun has developed for 
a core group of youth meeting weekly for a variety of 
recreational activities. Friday Frolics, an adventure program 
for fourth and fifth graders, continued, as well as a new 
rock-climbing initiative for middle school students. 

Community service projects were organized for volunteer teens 
as well as some referred through the local courts and Juvenile 
Diversion programs. They were involved in cleaning and 
painting projects at the Memorial Building and outdoor work at 
park sites, as well as some raking and shoveling services for 
needy senior citizens. 

Talk To A Friend, our peer leadership program for Ipswich 
Youth, met weekly to receive training based on current youth 
issues. They continued planning for their "Zone Cafe", an 
endeavor designed to provide a drug free alternative for local 
teenagers by sponsoring monthly dances that featured local 
talent. Peer Leaders also helped chaperone activities for 
younger children, assumed some mentoring and mediation 
responsibilities, cooked monthly for the family shelter in 



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Haverhill, performed a requested skit at Beverly Hospital on 
mental health issues, and served as advisors on teen policies 
and programs . 

Family advocacy services were provided on an as-needed basis 
to families in need who met with the youth director to 
determine current needs of the family and secure connections 
to available services. Regular meetings with the family 
provided further monitoring and coordination of related 
services. In addition, the director was available for after- 
hours support and crisis intervention for at-risk families. 
Referrals for services came from the courts, local schools, 
churches, mental health counseling agencies and families. 

Students from Gordon-Conwell Seminary who are pursuing 
graduate level degrees in counseling have been seeking 
internships with our Human Services Department because of .the 
opportunities we can provide for direct, supervised 
experience, weekly staff collaboration, and relevant training. 
They in turn have helped the community by their involvement in 
our regular youth programs as well as by their placements in 
other Ipswich agencies such as the Birth-3 program, local 
schools, Parent Advisory League, Health and Education 
Services, and Children's Friend and Family Services. 

Our local outdoor adventure site continued to be well utilized 
year' round by many different groups until it was extensively 
vandalized in November. Several thousand dollars worth of 
damages by individuals with heavy-duty tools have rendered 
most elements unsafe in their present condition; and they 
cannot be used until some outside funding source can be 
realized to restore them. 



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COUNCIL ON AGING 

Diane Mitchell, Director 

A wide variety of programs for senior citizens of Ipswich 
were provided under the umbrella of Council on Aging 
Services. 

A senior center operated weekdays, 8:00 a.m. -4: 00 p.m., from 
a storefront on Central Street and offered reading 
materials, games, puzzles, refreshments, and informal 
gatherings for socialization and organized programs. 
Three part-time receptionists welcomed guests, answered the 
phone, and assisted with the daily operation of the center. 



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Regular on-site programs included the Silver Strands choral 
group, a book discussion group, travel club, bridge and card 
groups, knitting and quilting groups, art classes, movies, 
weekly blood pressure clinics and monthly health screenings. 
Tickets were sold there for day trips sponsored by the 
Recreation Department and the Friends of the Ipswich 
Elderly. Off-site programs included Tai Chi, tennis, 
exercise and line dancing classes, a walking club, a writing 
group, swimming group, and a monthly lunch club. 

Special offerings included inter-generational programs, a 
summer picnic, a square dance, speakers on a variety of 
health, financial and legal issues, social gatherings for 
special observances and classes for a wide range of 
interests. A monthly newsletter written by the director 
reached 1,700 elder households through support of local 
advertisers and a grant for postage. A Caregivers Support 
Group helped those dealing with frail elders. 




Joint program with,Small World Nursery 
pre-schoolers one day a week at the Center 

A handicapped accessible, 12-passenger van continues to 
provide local transportation to Ipswich seniors. Gasoline 
and a driver five days each week were funded by grants, 
private donations and the Town. Ridership has steadily 
increased providing almost 7,000 one-way rides and logging 
approximately 16,700 miles of service. The Friends group 
continues to raise funds and support projects that fall 
outside of the COA budget. This year the Friends contributed 
to a Christmas party for 150 seniors held at the 1640 Hart 
House. Grants the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the 



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Coburn Charitable Society, and New England Biolabs provided 
a part-time administrative assistant, a volunteer 
recognition luncheon, a chair exercise program, salary for 
the COA van drivers, and a laptop computer. 

The Outreach program enlisted a corps of 45 volunteers who 
provided 2,013 hours of volunteer service to local elders. 
This program also provided volunteers who drove senior 
citizens 17,372 miles to out-of-town medical appointments. 
Other services of the Outreach program include social 
visits, phone calls, help with chores, and guidance in 
making person, medical, housing and financial decisions. The 
Outreach program served 443 senior citizens during the 
calendar year 2000. 

Town contributions to Action, Inc. provided fuel assistance 
to those who qualified as well as Income Tax Assistance -to 
any elder who needed guidance. Contributions to SeniorCare 
provided support for elderly still living on their own who 
needed outside support to facilitate their independent 
living arrangements. 

A seven-member council met monthly to review programs and 
operations and plan additional offerings. 

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UTILITIES DEPARTMENT - Timothy J. Henry, Director 

ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT 

Raymond Shockey - Manager 

The year 2000 marked the second full year of a deregulated 
electric supply market in Massachusetts. While not as 
volatile as was the case in some areas of the country, 
wholesale prices increased over the year due to rising fuel 
prices and other factors. As a consequence, Ipswich 
ratepayers saw their bills increase over those of 1999. The 
new electric marketplace remains volatile in the near term, 
and most of the 40 'municipal utilities in the state are 
working cooperatively to insure that our customers are not 
adversely affected to the extent seen in other states and 
regions . 

The year saw a continuation of our efforts to convert the 
system to a higher, more efficient, voltage. We also made 
further progress on our High Street substation modernization 
as well as ordering equipment for the expansion of the 
Fowlers Lane substation. The new bucket truck ordered in 
1999 finally arrived in June of 2000 and is a welcome 



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addition to our fleet. Its ability to accomplish tasks not 
possible with our other trucks has greatly improved the 
efficiency of our line department. 

We continue to assess the position of our generating plant 
regarding its operation and position in the marketplace. 

Working with our joint-action agency, the Massachusetts 
Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, MMWEC, and others, we 
will seek to find more opportunities to enter into lower 
cost power contracts in an effort to stabilize our costs and 
rates. In addition, we remain involved in various 
legislative processes at both the national and state levels 
to insure that the continued evolution of the deregulated 
power industry does not adversely impact public power and 
the Town of Ipswich Electric Department. 

Kilowatt-hour sales increased 2.3% over 1999. 

1999 sales: 82,280,000 

2000 sales: 84,193,000 



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WATER DIVISION 

Timothy J. Henry, Manager 

As a result of the wet summer in 2000 and the leak detection 
work done at the end of 1999, the Water Department pumped 89 
million gallons less in 2000 than in 1999 (19% decrease) . 
This total brings the annual pumping amount to 1990 levels. 
This resulted in the Department coming into full compliance 
with its registered withdrawal from the Ipswich River Basin 
as well as its proposed permitted withdrawal from the Parker 
River Basin. (The Department submitted a Water Management 
Act Permit to the State DEP on 12/31/999 for its Parker 
River Withdrawal and has yet to have action taken on this 
permit by DEP) . 

Once again in 2000 the Water Department was recognized by 
the Massachusetts Dental Society for its efforts in 
optimizing fluoride levels in the public water supply. Joyce 
Kippen accepted the award on behalf of the Water Department 
at a Massachusetts Dental Society meeting in Salem. 

Another successful Open House took place at the Filtration 
Plant as part of National Drinking Water Week. Classroom 
presentations to the fourth and fifth graders were followed 
by a poster contest, - which continues to be a highlight of 
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There was one (1) extension to the distribution system in 
2000. 

Pitcairn's Way ---- 2,270 feet of 8" CLDI, 270 feet of 8" 
PVC 

2000 

Meters Replaced 266 

Services Turned Off 53 

Services Turned On 72 

New Services 63 

Hydrants Installed 3 

Hydrants Replaced 21 

New Water Mains Installed (ft) 2,540 

Total Length of Mains (ft) 490,465 

Water Services 

Metered Services 4,394 

Unmetered Services 57 Fire Lines 

Water Usage (Million Gallons) 

Reservoirs (Dow and Bull Brook) 208 

Brown's Well 83 

Essex Road Well 21 

Fellows Road Well 37 

Mile Lane Well 24 

Winthrop Wells 13 

Total Water Usage (MG) 386 

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WASTEWATER DIVISION 

John A. Quigley, Jr., Superintendent 

It has been another interesting year due to the upgrade at 
the plant and at the wharf with work still in progress. 
The upgrade consisted of: a new influent flow meter, which 
measures the raw wastewater coming into the Wastewater 
Treatment Plant for treatment; a new return sludge flow 
meter to measure solids that settle out in the clarifier and 
get sent back into the aeration tank where biological 
treatment is done; and a new force main to deliver all the 
wastewater from the Wharf Pump Station to the Treatment 
Plant for treating, but has not yet been put on line. 

And last we are getting all new pumps installed at the Town 
Wharf Pump Station, that will enable us to pump all the 



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May 00 
August 00 
September 00 
October 00 


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November 00 


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December 00 


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wastewater to the Treatment Plant without fear of a mishap. 
Two of the pumps are now in place, and we await the others. 
With all this, it has been a very busy year working around 
and making adjustments to accommodate the contractors. 
We look forward to the completion of these projects. 

For the year 2000, we treated 463,082 million gallons of 
wastewater; we took 1,786,810 gallons of septage; we 
processed 1,200.5 cu.yds. of bio-solids; and we recorded 
60.05 inches of rain. 

The following violations occurred in 2000: 

MONTH # OF VIOLATIONS PARAMETER VIOLATED 

PH 

Fecal Coliform 
Fecal Coliform 
Fecal Coliform 
Dissolved Oxygen 
Fecal Coliform 
Fecal Coliform 

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FINANCE DIRECTORATE - Rita M. Negri, Finance Director 

ACCOUNTING OFFICE 

Rita M. Negri - Town Accountant 

The Town Accountant's Office consists of two full-time staff 
and a full-time Town Accountant who also serves as Finance 
Director. The Accounting Department is responsible for 
processing the payroll for all employees, processing 
invoices for vendor payments, and preparing all W-2's and 
1099' s at year-end in accordance with IRS regulations. 

The Town Accountant's Office maintains all of the accounting 
records for the Town's revenues and expenditures, ensures 
that reconciliations are performed between applicable Town 
departments, assists in providing information on benefits 
available to employees, and oversees the operation of the 
Town's financial computer systems. Additionally, the Town 
Accountant works with the Treasurer and with representatives 
from the School Department and the School Committee to 
oversee the financial aspects of the new High School/Middle 
School project. 

The Town Accountant also coordinates the annual independent 
audit of the Town's financial statements which was last 



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completed by September 1, 2000, for the year ended June 30, 
2000. The financial results for fiscal year 2000 were good. 
This was due to good collections on receivables, higher 
interest rates on invested funds, and responsible spending 
of appropriations. 

Free Cash for fiscal year 2000 was certified by the 
Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local 
Services in October 2000 in the amount of $1,398,508. 

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TREASURER/COLLECTOR 

Virginia M. Cleary 

The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the collection 
and investment of all Town revenue, approximately 
$100,035,408.07 per year, along with borrowing both long 
term funds and trust funds, tax title accounts, cash flow 
and reconciling monthly with the Town Accountant. The 
office also handles all of the billing and data processing 
involved with Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle 
and Boat Excise. All receipts were deposited and faithfully 
recorded. 

Over. 6500 beach stickers were issued throughout the year, 
even though fees were increased to $4.00. 

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ASSESSORS OFFICE 

Frank J. Ragonese, Chief Assessor 

The total valuation of Real Estate and Personal Property 
January 1, 2000, was $1,452,461,398. 

The valuation of the Town by Class is: 

$ % 

Class 1 Residential 1,321,340,194 90.9725 
Class II Open Space 

Class HI Commercial 73,639,767 5.0700 

Class IV Industrial 42,942,250 2.9565 
Personal Property 

Total: 100.00 

The Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2001 was $11.40 per thousand 
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TOWN CLERK 

ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR 
Frances A. Richards, CMC 

It was an extremely busy year for the Town Clerk's office this 
year with two primaries, two elections and two town meetings. 
The office is responsible for local and state elections, 
census and voter registration, and recording and certification 
of all official actions of the Town, including town meeting 
legislation and appropriations. We are also responsible for 
the recording, maintenance and issuance of vital records. In 
addition to processing and issuing licenses and permits 
approved by the Board of Selectmen, we also handle the sale of 
various licenses including dog, shellfish, fishing, hunting 
and marriage licenses. 

Our office also serves as a general information center to the 
public. Numerous requests for certified copies of vital 
records, general information about the Town and its 
activities, genealogical and historical information, business 
and legal decisions by Town boards and demographic statistics 
are received over the counter, through the mail and by 
telephone. The services and demands on the Town Clerk's 
office have doubled, yet staffing has remained the same as it 
was twenty years ago. The staff consists of the Town Clerk 
and Assistant Town Clerk Elise "Lee" Graves. Special thanks 
to Lee for her outstanding dedication and effort which makes 
it possible to run this office with two people. All of our 
data processing and printing is done in our office. The State 
computer is used to extract voter registrations from the 
Registry of Motor Vehicles and to communicate with city and 
town clerks throughout the Commonwealth. We are unable to 
maintain census data on the State system due to lack of time 
and staff. 

Special thanks to Marie Rodgers and the Ipswich League of 
Women Voters for their generous donation of $3,000. The 
money was used to purchase voter booths which were desperately 
needed for the March Primary and for binding three large 
volumes of vital records. 

Also, my sincere thanks to the volunteers who assisted me this 

year: Isobel Coulombe, Cynthia Burns, Peg Broekel, Moira 

McLaughlin, Jeanne Parker, Joan Donnelly, Robert Van Horn, Ken 

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Population Statistics from the Street List as of June 20th - 
13,435 

Ages - 4 735 

Ages 5 - 10 1, 056 

Ages 11 - 13 495 

Ages 14 - 18 792 

Ages 19 - 25 784 

Ages 26 - 64 7,563 

Ages 65+ 2, 010 

Total. . .13,435 

The year 2000 population as of December 31, 2000, was 
13,602. Total number of households was 5,345. 

Seventy-three percent (73%) of the residents in the Town of 
Ipswich responded to the Federal Census taken April 1 st , 
2000. These statistics will come from the Federal Census 
Bureau in 2001. Fifty-six (56%) of the population in the 
Town of Ipswich is new since 1990. 

Population Figures for the last fifty years 



1950 


6, 


895 


1960 


8, 


544 


1970 


10, 


750 


1980 


11, 


158 


1990 


12, 


791 


2000 


13, 


602 



138 


139 


110 


102 


128 


112 


78 


85 


80 



Comparative Vital Statistics recorded in the past three years 

1998 1999 2000 
Births 
Deaths 
Marriages 

There were 48 females and 62 males born to Ipswich residents 
in 2000. Of the total number of deaths recorded (59 females, 
53 males), 109 were residents. Of the 80 marriages recorded 
in Ipswich, 25 took place elsewhere; in 13 marriages, one 
party was non-resident, and in 27 marriages, both parties were 
non-resident . 

Dog Licenses 1998 1999 2000 

Males 

Neutered Males 

Females 

Spayed Females 

A total of 1,820 dogs were licensed in Ipswich for 2000. The 
dog licensing program which was adopted in 1993 continues to 



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240 


242 


228 


607 


659 


640 


183 


188 


153 


736 


761 


799 



be very successful. We collected $2,520 in late fees from dog 
owners who failed to license their dogs in a timely fashion. 
Animal Control Officers Harry Leno and Ellen White issued non- 
criminal citations to dog owners who failed to license their 
dogs or violated the animal control by-laws. 

My sincere thanks to Dr. Helen Noble, her staff and Animal 
Control Officer Harry Leno for conducting a Special Rabies 
Clinic at the Highway Garage on February 26th so dogs could 
get their rabies shots before the licensing deadline. The 
Annual Rabies Clinic was held April 8th at the Highway Garage 
with Dr. Ken Carlson. 

We were deeply saddened with the passing of our beloved Deputy 
Animal Control Officer, Ellen White of Wenham. She did an 
excellent job filling in for Harry Leno and finding homes for 
homeless pets. 

Shellfish Licenses & Permits 

1998 1999 2000 

Resident Yearly 93 84 81 

Resident Family 186 223 171 

Resident Commercial 206 153 125 

Over 60 Free Recreational 25 21 9 

Non-Resident Yearly 122 122 103 

Non-Resident Daily 22 40 27 

Eagle Hill Stickers 4 

Revenue from sales of all shellfish licenses was $65,195.00 

Sporting Licenses 2000 

Resident Fishing 124 

Resident Fishing Handicapped (free) 13 

Non-Resident Fishing 6 

Resident Hunting 63 

Resident Hunting Paraplegic (free) 4 

Non-Resident Hunting 2 

Resident Sporting 29 

Resident Sporting Over 70 (free) 27 

Archery Stamps 42 

Primitive Firearms Stamps 38 

Waterfowl Stamps 45 

Wildlands Conservation Stamps 224 

Total 617 

Revenue sent in to Division of Fisheries & Wildlife was 
$7,943.00. 

Revenue Report for the Town Clerk's Office 2000 

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Auction Permits 500 . 00 

Automatic Amusement Licenses 1,720.00 

Boating Fines 575 . 00 

Beer & Wine Licenses 5, 950 . 00 

Booklets Sold 14.00 

Bowling Alley Licenses 80.00 

By-Laws, Maps Sold 1,173.00 

Class I Licenses 200.00 

Class II Licenses 1,400.00 

Class III Licenses 100.00 

Certified Copy Fees 3,822.80 

Common Victuallers Licenses 4,200.00 

Dog Fines 1,245.00 

Dog Licenses 20,335.00 

Flammables Licenses 525 . 00 

Kayak License 100.00 

Liquor Licenses (All Alcoholic) 45,450.00 

Marriage Licenses 1,620.00 

One-Day All Alcoholic Licenses 1,020.00 

One-Day Beer & Wine Licenses 380.00 

Raffle Permits 75.00 

Recording Fees 3,681.00 

Seasonal All Alcoholic Licenses 6,225.00 

Shellfish Permits 65,195.00 

Sporting Licenses 7, 943 . 00 

Sporting Fees to the Town 144.90 

Street Lists Sold 1,570.00 

Street & Sidewalk Fines... 50.00 

Sunday Entertainment Licenses 2, 030 . 00 

Weekday Entertainment Licenses 1,200.00 

Total $178, 683.70 



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ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATIONS 

Board of Registrars: 

Phillip F. Grenier, Chairman 

Orville M. Giddings 

Robert M. Stone 

Frances A. Richards, Clerk 

Special thanks to this wonderful group of registrars who 
anticipate my needs without being asked. Robert Stone was 
appointed to the Board of Registrars on May 24 th and sworn in 
on June 8 th . "Robbie" was a big help with the last two 
elections this year. 

Town Meetings & Elections for 2000: 

March 7, 2000 - Presidential Primary with 3,005 votes cast- 



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(1,131 Democrat, 1,871 Republican, 3 
Libertarian) 35% of the total voters (8,679) 

April 3, 2000 - Annual Town Meeting with 33 articles in the 

warrant - 650 voters attending 

April 11, 2000 - Annual Town Election with 2,343 votes cast- 

26.91% of the total voters (8,707) 

Sept. 19, 2000 - State Primary Election with 549 votes cast- 

(239 Democrat, 305 Republican, 5 Libertarian) 
6.31% of the total voters (8,702) 

Oct. 16, 2000 - Special Town Meeting with 25 articles in 

the warrant - 208 voters attending 

Nov. 7, 2000 - Presidential Election with 7,126 votes cast- 

79.5% of the total voters (8,962) 



Registered Voters as of December 31, 2000 - 8,956 

Of the 1,013 new voters registered in 2000, 301 registrations 
were received by mail, 427 registered in the office, 1 at a 
State agency and 512 at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

PRECINCT DEMOCRAT REPUBLICAN LIBERTARIAN UNENROLLED TOTAL 



1 


477 


376 


7 


1,264 


2,124 


2 


494 


338 


4 


1,370 


•2,206 


3 


399 


487 


10 


1,713 


2, 609 


4 


392 


314 


10 


1,301 


2,017 


Totals 


1,762 


1,515 


31 


5, 648 


8,956 



Sincere thanks to the Board of Registrars, the Election 
Officials, the staff at the YMCA, Middle School Principal 
Cheryl Forster and her staff, Jim Graffum and the workers at 
the Cemetery Department, the Fire Department and the Police 
Officers for an excellent job this year with all the elections 
at the YMCA and the town meetings at the Middle School in the 
Performing Arts Center at the new Middle/High School. Also, 
special thanks to my son Scott for helping me set up the 
polls. 

The following served as Election Officials 2000: Andrew 
Agapow, Bruce Bryant, Armand Brouillette, John Meers, Laurien 
Levesque, Charles McKenzie, Theresa Greaney, Dorothy Levesque, 
Mary Cunningham, Carolyn Navarro, Jane Janvrin, Ruth Paulitz, 
Virginia Player, Felicia Taillon, Diana Comeau, Cynthia Burns, 
Dorcas Rice, Marcia Inman, Irene Brouillette, Virginia Comeau, 
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Margaret Broekel, Margaret Whittier, Jeanne Parker, June 
Trust, Geraldine Heigh, Anne Matous, Sandra Duke, June Gahan, 
Marlene Shannon, Ann Fessenden, Kathie Arnold, Helen Parker, 
Lucille Dallas and Evelyn Pszenny. 



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MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

Greg Parachojuk, M.I.S. Director 

The year 2000 was a time of transition as M.I.S. 
directorship changed hands. Documentation was a major 
priority in 2K; and today we have a draft M.I.S. manual with 
network diagrams, general information, and procedures. In 
addition, we have collectively designed the Town' s first 
"Disaster Recovery Plan". Major software changes were also 
implemented in the financial system to provide quarterly 
real estate billings. Currently, we are analyzing redundant 
methods that will circumvent downtime due to "Wide Area 
Network" failures. 

The year 2001 should be an exciting year as we move our 
facility to the new Town Hall. Inf restructure has been 
designed to increase local network bandwidth and access to 
the Internet will be increased by 500%. Projects planned 
include a new web server to allow easier web updates and 
focus will be put on increasing data integrity by automating 
backups using new techniques. Also, standards need to be set 
and implemented, while much planning still needs to be done 
in order to catch up and apply current technologies. With 
each improvement that is made, we experience better 
productivity and ease of use. 

We hope to provide better services in 2001 and encourage 
anyone to send comments or suggestions to 
mi s@ town. ipswich.ma .us . 

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PURCHASING/BUDGET/RISK MANAGEMENT 

Jane H. Spellman, MCPPO 
Assistant Purchasing Agent 

The Purchasing Office employee oversees and monitors all 
Department procurements with the exception of the day to day 
expenditures of the Electric Department, and puts out to bid 
expenditures in excess of $25,000 for goods and services and 
$10,0.00 for construction contracts in accordance with 
Massachusetts General Laws. The Assistant Purchasing Agent 
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(MCPPO) through attendance and successful completion of 
exams at three purchasing seminars sponsored by the 
Inspector General's Office as well as ongoing educational 
programs . 

In addition to present contract renewals, the following were 
advertised, put out to bid, bids received with contracts 
awarded: Town Wharf /Sewer Force Main Contract Services, #2 
Fuel Oil, Snow Plowing, Sand, Annual Town Report and FinCom 
Report, Electrical Services, Floats for Town Wharf, 
Replacement of Granular Activated Carbon, Clean/Repair Mile 
Lane Well, Bond Counsel Services, control and Meter Panels, 
Overhead Distribution Transformers, Vehicle Maintenance, 
Project Manager for Town Hall Municipal Center Project, Food 
Safety Consultant, Guard Rails, Construction Equipment 
Rental, Municipal Waste and Recycling Contract, Middle 
School as Town Hall Municipal Center, Ambulance Services, 
Bodywork on Engine 4, Compost Facility Operation, Wheel 
Loader for DPW, Chemical Consortium, Transformers for 
Electric Dept., Engineering Services for Jeffreys Neck 
Sewer, 4X4 Dump truck for DPW, Random Crack Sealing, Asphalt 
Rubber Surface treatment, Office Supplies, Uniform Rentals, 
Zone II Evaluation and Delineation, Telecommunications for 
new Town Hall Facility, Fowlers Lane Substation #5. 

The Purchasing Office oversaw all Workers Compensation long- 
term cases and reported all Town and School employee 
injuries. All property and casualty insurance claims 
received were reported to the Town's insurance carrier. 
Insurance renewals were processed, policies received, and 
vehicle, equipment, and computer inventories maintained. 

The Purchasing Office was also responsible for the editing 
of Departments' budget details, inputting the Town Manager's 
recommendations, copying, collating and distributing 25 
budget copies while meeting the set deadline. Budget 
details with adopted figures for FY02 Budget will be 
inputted and distributed to Departments after the Annual 
Town Meeting. / 

The Purchasing Office is also responsible for the compiling, 
editing, printing and distribution of this Annual Town 
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IPSWICH PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Victor Dyer, Director 

Collections : New books added: 2848 (Adult) 1144 (Children) . 
New media added: 423 (Adult) 164 (Children) . Large type, 
video and audio collections were enhanced with funds 
provided by the Coburn Charitable Society and the Friends of 
the IPL. Books on CD in the children's department and DVDs 
in the adult department are new formats added this year. 
Weeding of adult medical and health collections was 
accomplished. 

Technology : All Mumb' terminals were replaced with PCs in 
2000. This change was necessary to accommodate the new . 
Horizon software now used for all library automation 
functions. Additional new equipment included three receipt 
printers, four barcode scanners, a printer and a UPS. A 
contract was negotiated with a new photocopy company which 
provides for unlimited photocopies for library use. Wiring 
was installed and a new PC purchased for the Archives. A 
second PC was wired for Internet access in the Children' s 
Room. The library received from EBSCO Publishing a donation 
of six new Gateway PCs for public use in the Gaunt Reference 
Room. 

Staff : A library bargaining unit was organized this year 
with seven members (AFSCME Local #2905) . Susan Wilkish 
retired as Assistant Librarian after 41 years of service. 
Genevieve Picard, Reference and Young Adult Librarian, was 
appointed Assistant Director and Information Systems 
Librarian. Richard Grover retired as Custodian after 16 
years with the library. New staff include Linda Pucci 
(Administrative Assistant) , Thomas Geddis (Custodian) and 
Emilie Bamford and Christopher Fay (Pages) . 

Volunteers : This year Volunteers donated 1411 hours to 
various library projects and activities. 

Board of Trustees : Virginia Jackson left the Board after 19 
years. Anne Brown was appointed to the Board. The Board 
approved the 'Plan of Service 2000-2004' and the 'Library 
Mission Statement'. The Ipswich Rotary Club donated $15,000 
to fund improvements in the HVAC system in the Ipswich Room. 
The League of Women Voters donated $1,000 for historic 
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Planning : A major accomplishment this year was the 
publication of the Ipswich Public Library Plan of Service 
2000-2004 . This initiative involved a planning committee of 
citizens, Trustees, staff, consultants from NMRLS, and a 
survey of patrons to determine library goals and objectives 
for the next five years. The Plan was approved by the Board 
of Trustees and accepted by the Massachusetts Board of 
Library Commissioners. 

Friends : The Friends supported the library in many ways this 
year, including funds for book and media purchases and 
children's programs. 

Bequests : A bequest from Betsy Robertson Cramer in memory of 
her mother, Kitty Robertson, was used to buy books on the 
marine environment, sailing, boat building and explorations. 
Donations to the Book Fund were received in memory of Alice 
Shurcliff, Helen Lang, Elsie Eustace and Christine 
Solomonides . 

Programs : Children's Librarian Marilyn Pauley and Library 
Associate Maureen Fay continued to offer popular programs 
for children throughout the year. 2 64 programs were run with 
5426 children participating. 

Circulation : Total circulation in 2000 was 112,111 items. 

Dedication : On March 11, 2000 the new reference room was 
named the Gaunt Reference Room in honor of former library 
director Eleanor x Penny' Gaunt. 

Grants: The IPL was awarded $1,025,135 towards the 
construction costs of the 1998 library addition. These 
construction funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
are administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library 
Commissioners. This grant resulted from the successful grant 
application prepared by former library director Eleanor 
Gaunt in 1997. The library was also awarded a $7500 customer 
service grant which was federally funded with LSTA funds 
through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 



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IPSWICH SCHOOL DEPARMENT 

IPSWICH SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Jeffrey Loeb, Chairman 

I hope by now that all of you have had a chance to visit the 
wonderful new building that your support has built. In 



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August and September, thousands of residents of the Town 
visited the new High School/Middle School to admire the 
future of education in Ipswich. The building has become a 
community resource. From Town Meeting to The King and I to 
Selectmen' s Meetings regarding sewering the Neck to FinCom 
meetings regarding the Fire Department to the current 
performing art series to educating our children, the new 
building has become a community center. 




The new High School/Middle School has also brought students 
back home to Ipswich. As we hoped they would, students who 
had previously left Ipswich either through the School Choice 
Program or to go to private school have returned to the 
Ipswich Public Schools. This, combined with continue growth 
in our community, has led to a significant increase in our 
High School population. We project that by September 2001 
there will be one hundred more students attending Ipswich 
High School than attended in September 1999. This is why 
our current budget calls for an increase in three teaching 
positions at the High School. Based on current enrollments, 
we anticipate that this trend will continue, and that there 
will be a need to add teaching staff at both the High School 
and Middle School levels. 

A recent study indicated that the recommended 
student/teacher ratio for Grades K-3 was 18 to 1. We are 
not at that level as most of our class sizes are closer to 
22 students. Even though our Elementary Schools are not 
growing, there may be a need to add teaching staff at 
Winthrop and Doyon in the future. 

Over the last twelve months, we have spent a considerable 
amount of time reviewing the structural needs at our 
Elementary Schools. Both buildings are in need of repair. 
For example, Winthrop' s roof and boiler need to be replaced 
as do many of Doyon' s windows. We are currently working 



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with the Finance Committee to determine the most cost 
effective way to recommend that these repairs come about. 
On an education front, we now have three years of MCAS 
scores. These scores put us in about the top thirty (30%) 
percent of the State as a District. These results are good, 
not great; and while we are proud of them, we know that 
there is still room for improvement. Unlike other 
communities that have ignored the MCAS results, our teachers 
and administrators have analyzed the results and are using 
the results to help guide changes and improvement in our 
curriculum. 

The quality of education in Ipswich could not have reached 
the level that it is at without your support. For that we 
are thankful. As we continue to look for ways to improve, 
we will continue to look to you for your continued support. 
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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

Richard L. Korb 

I am happy to report that the state of the Ipswich Schools 
is excellent. Through the hard work of support staff, 
teachers, parents, students, school committee and 
administrators, we have been able to maintain the highest 
level of quality education. 

The school year has been both eventful and successful. The 
goals that the school committee and I set were reflective of 
the accomplishments we hoped to attain. Those were: 

• Facilitate a smooth transition into the new Middle 
School/High School. 

• Develop a budget for the 2001 - 2002 school year which 
addresses the educational needs of the children of the 
district while maintaining sound fiscal responsibility, 

• Initiate educational programs and opportunities for 
students which bring life to our theme of "every 
student connected, literate and demonstrating success.' 

• Begin the development of a long-range strategic 
planning process with a goal of producing a 3 - 5 year 
ongoing District Improvement Plan. 



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• Develop a strategy which will lead to the successful 
implementation of a multi-year "Elementary Capital 
Improvement Plan." 

• Continue to refine our curriculum development process 
for the district as we align our curriculum with the 
State Frameworks. 

I am pleased to report that continuing progress is being made in 
all of the above areas. The move into our new Middle School/Hig 
School has successfully occurred; and the response from students 
staff and parents alike is gratifying. 

The Superintendent/Citizens Roundtables continued this year, 
establishing lines of communication between myself and citizens 
in the community. In addition, I continued a schedule of 
visiting classrooms this year. 

Our staff continues to adopt the philosophy that we must always 
be on a track of continuous improvement. That attitude is 
reflective in the ongoing evaluation of programs which occur eac 
year. 

Our Early Childhood "Birth to Age Three" Program has successful! 
been established within the community when we opened our new 
facilities in downtown Ipswich. This new center provides parent 
support services to any member of the community who requests 
them. Our Middle School After School Program for kids provides 
excellent academic, social, and recreational opportunities for 
children and families between the critical time from "after 
school until 5:30-6:00 p.m." 

This year, once again, our MCAS test scores placed us far above 
the State average in over 90% of the categories. Our Middle 
School and High School scores ranked us in the top 20% of the 
State. We will continue to strive to improve our tests scores 
and have teams of professional educators in place analyzing test 
results and providing valuable analysis which will lead to 
adjustments in our curriculum to assure our curriculum is aligne 
with the State Frameworks. 

The various subcommittees of the School Committee worked 
diligently in a number of areas from curriculum, policy 
development, technology, athletics and communications. 

The Ipswich School System is a leader across the nation in the 
area of technology integration across the curriculum. We are 
proud to feature numerous 21st Century Classrooms within our 
school district that are designed to foster students who take 
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environment committed to high expectations. Within this 
information-rich, technology-enhanced learning environment, the 
teacher creates a challenging project-centered, interdisciplinary ,| 
classroom. The ultimate goal within the 21st Century Classroom 
is that students will become self-directed learners who strive 
for continuous improvement through reflection and self- 
assessment; collaborative learners who take responsibility for 
their own role in a group and proficient learners who design and 
present projects and apply the required knowledge appropriately.! 

The Ipswich Public Schools continue to be proud of its many 
accomplishments this year. We continue to be recognized as a 
leader across the country in the area of education technology. 
Our 21st Century Classrooms and integration of technology into 
instruction continues to focus the spotlight of attention on our 
schools . 

In conclusion, I want to express my sincere appreciation to the 
citizens and parents of Ipswich who have given so generously in 
supporting quality education for all children. Support staff, 
teachers, administrators, parents, students and citizens working! 
in partnership with each other will move this District forward in 
a culture of continuous improvement and excellence. 



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IPSWICH HIGH SCHOOL 

Barry Cahill, Principal 




The millennium has begun with a wonderful new Middle 
School/High School facility. With much appreciation to the 
residents of Ipswich, our new school opened on September 5, 
2000, to a population of students who were thrilled with 
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"Main Street" 

During the months of August and September, nearly 4,000 
Ipswich residents took the time to visit the new school on 
guided tours. Many residents also joined in the dedication 
ceremony on October 15, 2000. In addition to marveling at 
the maple paneling, the athletic facilities, and our 
exceptional Performing Arts Center, visitors observed a 
substantial array of state of the art technology. The school 
opened on time, on budget and fully operational. 

The new building has helped foster a very positive climate 
in the high school. MCAS scores again show us well above the 
state average and ranking 42 out of all Massachusetts high 
schools. Our curriculum is very strong, graduation 
requirements are high, and academic expectations are 
consistent . 

The graduating Class of 2000 was accepted at a number of 
outstanding colleges and universities. Eighty-four percent 
(84%) of the class went on to further their education at the 
college level. 

Our new school provides Ipswich High School students with 
technology that is a match for any school in the State. 
Classrooms are equipped with five computers each. We have 
computer labs and thirty wireless laptop computers available 
to students. All machines have Internet access and the 



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capacity to access information as a result of our 
partnership with EBSCO Publishing. We continue to be a 
strong model for school systems across Massachusetts. 

Our Performing Arts Center opened with a wonderful student 
production of "The King and I". Director Deborah Faust 
melded a cast of students from K-12 for this show. Each of 
the three performances played to a sold out house. Concerts 
in December likewise demonstrated the exceptional sound and 
lighting systems in the Arts Center. Our Winter Concert 
Series begins in February. Livingston Taylor, J. Geils, and 
the Boston Chamber Music Society are among six performing 
groups that will bring professional productions to Ipswich. 
This series will be the first of many to fully utilize our 
new Performing Arts Center. 

While the inside of our building is finished, the completion 
of the road, parking lots and fields are scheduled for the 
spring. At its conclusion, we will have tennis courts, a 
multi-purpose stadium, practice fields and additional 
parking. 




Co-ed meet at the new indoor track 

Along with the new building carrle a rapid increase in student 
population. Our enrollment has increased by 50 students 
since last year and will increase by 40 more students by 
next year. We will have a student population of 
approximately 550 students in the fall. We will increase 
staffing to facilitate these enrollment increases. We 
continue to expand our elective offerings while maintaining 
a strong core curriculum. 

The students, faculty and administration are grateful to the 
community for their enthusiastic support of our building 
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IPSWICH MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Cheryl Forster, Principal 




I am pleased to be reporting to the citizens of Ipswich in 
my sixth year as principal of a dynamic and exciting school. 
It was a bittersweet move as we left the Whipple Middle 
School, which has served our community so well. 
Dreams turned to reality, however, as we entered our new 
building and the results of three years of planning, design 
and construction came to fruition. 

It was worth the effort. We opened our doors to the 
community and our students in September 2000, and the rave 
reviews continue. Most often we hear from those who visit, 
"Can I come back to school?" Yes you can, and we hope you 
do . 

Educating young people has never been more challenging, 
particularly with the added mandated testing which we now 
administer in our schools. Test results we have received 
have been encouraging, placing us 14th in the state in 
mathematics and well above state average in language arts. 
We are also proud to announce that we have been chosen to 
receive the High Wired Award. This award is given on the 
basis of innovative use of technology and we are one of 
twelve schools in the country to be so honored. Our students 
are learning the "new basics", as well as the old ones. 
Today, both are important. 

In an attempt to be responsive to the needs of the community 
and parents, we have instituted a program called Tiger Time. 
This is a no-cost, after-school program that is offered 
Monday through Thursday until 5:30 p.m. Students do 
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help keep them busy and safe. Many families have taken 
advantage of this extended day at school. 

Excellent middle schools strive to reach the all-important 
whole child. Each grade level specializes in exploratory 
and child-centered topics that offer a variety of learning 
experiences and opportunities. At the Ipswich Middle School, 
we work in a "team" approach. Teaching blocks are longer for 
in-depth learning; and teachers do not work with 
more than eighty students a"t any given time. This enables 
teachers and students to get to know each other in order to 
maximize the learning experience. 

Students in grade 6 spend an intensive and focused week in 
the fall at Nature' s Classroom on Lake Ossipee in New 
Hampshire. All of our grade six staff members attend. 
Close bonds are formed with the students they will teach for 
the year. The outdoor curriculum is high-interest, and many 
new friends and relationships are forged. 

Grade seven students spend four days in canoes on the 
Ipswich River, seeing first-hand where their river begins 
and ends. They canoe through miles of forest, wetlands and 
marsh, collecting data all the way. They finish their trip 
paddling out from the Town Wharf to arrive at Hog (Choate) 
Island. 

Grade eight students focus on government. Their culminating 
activity is a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., where our 
students learn about the operation of our 

National government. They visit many famous landmarks and 
battlefields. They study the people and places that make 
this country great. 

We offer many enriching programs here. Our excellent 
Mathematics League, fifty-six members strong, ranks very 
high in state competition. Our drama, dance, and 
Music departments involve more than half of our student 
population. Our students sing, 'dance, and perform with a 
high level of accomplishment. Student athletes participate 
in sports programs that teach skills, sportsmanship and 
wellness. Technology is a part of our school today; 
students are comfortable using computers, faxes, scanners, 
the Internet, and presentation software. 

New ventures include a mini-course taught in grade 8 
entitled, "People Smarts". This class teaches the 
complexities of multiple intelligences and how to be 
Interpersonally successful. Grade 7 has been immersed in 
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a grant through Tufts University. In grade 6, we are 
piloting a community service module through which students 
may opt to contract to be of service to residents of 
our town. This might involve such things as teaching 
computer skills to senior citizens here at school, reading 
to others, or visiting and doing errands for those who 
might not be able to accomplish this easily. We hope to 
hold a community service fair in the spring and to expand 
this program eventually to all grades. Our new Performing 
Arts Center opened its doors with an amazing production of 
"The King and I" to a packed house. This Center will be 
hosting a performance series which is attracting top names 
in the entertainment industry to our town. 

The Massachusetts Department of Education has developed 
Framework documents for all major subject areas, and our 
curriculum is now aligned to this important mandate. Our 
outstanding professional faculty works diligently to clarify 
our vision for education - that every child can learn. We 
are constantly finding new ways to reach and teach all who 
come to our school. It is an exciting time to be working 
with young people. Nothing is more exhilarating than 
learning. We love our work and we invite you to join us. 




Thank you, Ipswich, for supporting the school project and 
providing our students with the very best opportunities that 
education has to offer today. 



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PAUL F. DOYON MEMORIAL SCHOOL 

Kenneth B. Cooper, Ph.D. Principal 



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The calendar year 2000 at the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School 
was one of both continuity and change. Our teaching staff 
and enrollment remained relatively stable, while our 
programs provided for expanded educational opportunities in 
several key areas, including written expression, technology, 
character development, and creative problem solving. 

Last year was the first full year of implementation of our 
revised vision statement, "Literacy for All-Excitement for 
Learning-& Character Counts." As part of our Literacy Team 
efforts, we were again able to offer Project Read phonology 
training to all instructional personnel who had not 
previously had the training. Teachers did extensive work in 
developing writing rubrics for assessment of student 
composition at each grade level. Students are doing more 
writing in all areas of the curriculum and are being asked 
to respond to an open-ended writing prompt twice per year to 
monitor progress. Our Excitement for Learning team 
orchestrated a school-wide project, "Marching Through the 
Millennium, " and all students and staff were involved in 
researching and posting "footprints" focusing on and 
describing historical events of the millennium. For the 
third year we were able to keep the Doyon library open for 
summer hours with more than 500 books checked out during 
July and August. Our Character Counts initiative celebrated 
the "Six Pillars of Character" with grade level displays 
throughout the school and more than 4 grade four and grade 
five students are now serving on the Doyon Student 
Leadership Team. Twelve staff members have been trained in 
"Responsive Classroom" techniques and we are excited about 
bringing to our staff expanded professional development 
opportunities in this area. On the grade two and grade three 
Iowa Reading Tests Doyon students scored more than twenty 
percentile points above the national average with school 
norms above the 80th national percentile. Our grade four 
MCAS results were the best ever in Science and Technology, 
about the same in Language Arts, and declined several points 
in Math which will be a focus for improvement next year. 

Last year was a highly success one for the Friends of Doyon. 
The Friends themselves, under the leadership of Carrie 
Clasby, raised over $25, 000 and sponsored grade level and 
all-school programs in social studies, music, literacy and 
science. The Spring Fair celebration and the Doyonathon were 
highly successful last year. More than 100 Doyon parents and 
Ipswich community members volunteered their time in 
assisting in classrooms and the library, chaperoning trips, 
and helping with special programs and events such as the 
Handicapped Awareness grade-level programs, Kindergarten 
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Grandfriends Days and Destination Imagination. Last year's 
"Moving On" celebration for grade five students was as 
successful as it was due in large part to parental efforts 
and energies. 

Our parent and community outreach programs remained strong 
last year with individual grade level open house curriculum 
evenings, music and art shows, and other programs for 
parents and children such as the Project Read overview, owl 
prowls, the vernal pool "Big Night, " presentations on the 
budget and on the MCAS tests, and the spring pre-screening 
overview of the Kindergarten program. 

Other noteworthy educational events included 1) the opening 
of our Birth-three Program with its own location in the 
center of town in the old Ben Franklin building; 2) the 
awarding of educational grants and awards including those 
from the Mobile Corporation, the Ipswich Savings Bank 
Educational Foundation, the Department of Education and the 
Bio-Labs Foundation; and 3) the opening of our computer lab 
facility-Doyon was visited on several occasions last year by 
groups of teachers and administrators from other school 
systems to learn how we were utilizing and integrating 
technology. 

On this the occasion of my fourteenth annual report, I would 
like to extend a special thanks to the incredibly dedicated 
and talented faculty and staff of the Doyon School with whom 
it is a pleasure to work, and to the community of Ipswich 
--your ongoing caring and support for the children of 
Ipswich is inspiring. 




Teacher and first graders examine a deer bed they located 
in Willowdale Forest. 



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WINTHROP SCHOOL 

Carolyn Davis, Principal 

Winthrop School continues to be a vibrant learning community 
where students, staff, and parents learn how to become 
leaders who embrace change and find opportunities to shape 
the future . 

Our School Improvement Plan written by our School Council 
included the following goals: 

• Literacy - to build skilled readers who read to 
understand and for the pure joy of it and to build 
engaging writers who write to be understood in a variety 
of genres with a passion for it 

• Leadership - to build responsibility and respect for 
self, others, classroom, school and community 

• Good News - to showcase and celebrate student success 

We have been able to focus on these goals and to document 
the many ways in which we have progressed in reaching these 
goals . 

Annual school-wide topics have unified the school around the 
study of a common theme. This year our theme was "WORDS" 
which focused on literacy as well as the way we use words, 
the entomology of words, and the beauty of words. Grade 
level Word challenges resulted in projects displayed 
throughout the school. Students and their families rose to 
meet these challenges with variety, creativity, and problem 
solving skills producing interesting and fun results. 

Students published their writing in the "Anthology of Poetry 
2000", the Ipswich Chronicle, The Winthrop Incredible News, 
and many class newsletters. They sent hundreds of cards to 
senior citizens. Several student presentations were made to 
the School Committee. Thirty students were members of our 
Student Leadership Council setting leadership examples 
through projects that improved our school in countless ways. 
One student received a first place award in the 2000 
Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The Winthrop 
School store made a profit of $650. A group of 
entrepreneurial 4 th graders worked on a North Carolina 
Relief project raising $800 to help a school ravaged by 
floods. Winthrop families donated 2,000 books through the 
"Spread The Word" program to a school in Lowell and donated 
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For the first time, a 5 th grade class left a legacy to the 
school consisting of two beautiful wooden benches installed 
by Winthrop' s front door. Some examples of accomplishments 
from our graduating 2000 class include: Kindergarten 
partners, challenging math problems, an historical 
perspective of United States History, great band concerts 
and shows, our own classroom Bill of Rights, art projects 
for Children's Hospital, conflict resolution and good role 
modeling. Students wrote informative articles and became 
better reporters, used research skills and field trips to 
learn about vernal pools, and published a poster used by 
other school systems. They read over 31,170 pages, produced 
PowerPoint presentations, and used a variety of databases. 

Teachers continue to write and receive grants that benefit 
the school with new programs. Our most impressive example 
is our new Birth to Three program located in downtown 
Ipswich. This program provides parenting workshops, play 
groups, resources, and support to any family in Ipswich with 
a child from birth to three years of age. 

The major contributions of The Friends of Winthrop and the 
Volunteers In School (VIS) program enhanced the quality of 
our school with generous donations of time and effort. 
Their fundraising projects supported our monthly special 
assemblies with outstanding cultural and educational 
programs, our playground, and after school programs. We are 
grateful to them for their relentless commitment and 
outpouring of energy. 

We wish to thank the Town of Ipswich for their ongoing 
partnership and support which enables the Winthrop School to 
be an energizing educational community with high 
expectations for students and staff. 




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IPSWICH HOUSING AUTHORITY 

Sarah O'Connor, Chair 

The Ipswich Housing Authority has been active in addressing 
capital improvements and new development in 2000. The 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing & 
Community Development in partnership with the Authority has 
provided funding for these" accomplishments over the past 
year. 

Exterior painting of all eight buildings at Southern Heights 
was funded by one-time appropriations from the Commonwealth. 
The painting value is $57,000.00. 

Re-roofing contract was approved for Caroline Avenue 
Whittier Park under the State Modernization Program. The 
value of this program is $106,00.00. 

Approved 100% construction documents for complete bathroom 
and kitchen replacements at Southern Heights under the State 
Modernization Program. The contract for Financial 
Assistance is in excess of $500,000.00. 

Approved participation in State contract to study the 
complete redevelopment of Southern Manor. The study is part 
of a ten-community program addressing the issues of 
structure adequacy as well as the social environment. 

Compiled and approved the Ipswich Housing Authority Annual 
and Five Year Plan Required by United States Department of 
Housing & Urban Development. The Authority confines this 
plan to the Tenant Based Section & Voucher Program in that 
there are no federal developments owned. 

The Authority Board of Commissioners has worked diligently 
with the Town to preserve a valuable water resource while 
meeting its obligation to create special needs housing by 
proposing a land swap with the Town. The proposal was turned 
into reality when both parties signed Purchase and Sale 
Agreements. The Authority and the Town have worked with 
State agencies to secure financing for these projects. 



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IPSWICH CULTURAL COUNCIL 

Liz Loudon & Georgia Flood, Co-Chairs 

In 2000, the Ipswich Cultural Council granted $5,413 to 
individuals and organizations in the community for projects 
which promote arts and humanities in Ipswich. Funding 
sources included a $4,740 allotment from the Massachusetts 
Cultural Council and $673 in unspent funds from previous 
years . 

The recipients of the eight grants awarded were Cantemus 
Chamber Chorus, John Root, Music at Eden's Edge, the North 
Shore Youth Symphony Orchestra, Inc., the Performing Arts 
Center (Ipswich), Friends of the Ipswich Public Library, the 
Ipswich Historical Society and the New England String 
Ensemble . 

In addition to awarding grants, the Ipswich Cultural Council 
sponsored the Annual Ipswich Art Show. EBSCO graciously 
provided the space. Participants volunteered their time, and 
entry fees from the artists covered some expenses and 
provided prize money. 

Currently, the nine members of the Ipswich Cultural Council 
are Linnea Duff, Thorpe Feidt, Georgia Flood, Liz Loudon, 
Coco McCabe, Laurie Miles, Janet Taisey-Craft Philippa 
Melhuish, and Miranda Updike. Council members meet 
throughout the year, but most intensively in autumn to hear, 
discuss and decide on grant applications. 

This year, Liz Loudon will become sole chair as Georgia 
Flood ends her Council term. Philippa Melhuish has replaced 
Liz Loudon as Treasurer. 



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OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE REPORT 

Glenn Hazelton, Chair 

Over the past year, the Open Space Committee (OSC) has been 
working hard to identify and prioritize parcels which have 
significant value as open space to the Town. This is a pro- 
active effort as the majority of these parcels are not 
currently for sale. The objective is have a means of 
evaluating parcels if and when they do come on the market. 
This evaluation process is focused on the parcels identified 
on the list of properties that was developed in conjunction 
with the ten million dollar open space bond authorization 



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that passed at the 2000 fall town meeting. The OSC is very 
excited about this bond authorization because now for the 
first time we have the ability to leverage the protection 
and conservation of landscapes that are critical to the 
character of Ipswich. 

Members of the OSC have been actively reviewing the plans 
being put forth for the two "Great Estates" development 
projects (Turner Hill and New England Biolabs) . We also 
have members serving on the Growth Management Commission 
that is attempting to establish some direction for growth 
that balances economic, cultural and natural issues by 
focusing on the character and quality of life in Ipswich. 

The past year has seen some changes in the make up of the 
OSC. Jim Berry who has was the original chair of the OSC 
and the chief editor for the last two Open Space and 
Recreation Plans has stepped down as a voting member but is 
continuing as an associate member. Carl Nylen who has 
become the vice chair has filled his place at the table. 
Jim Allen has also left the committee and Ralph Williams has 
filled his seat. 

Copies of the Open Space and Recreation Plan- 2000 are for 
sale in the Town Clerk's office. Our voting membership is 
limited to seven, but we always have room for more associate 
members. Please come and join us the next year will be 
exciting and challenging. 



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COASTAL POLLUTION CONTROL COMMITTEE 

Wayne Castonguay, Chairman 

The Committee had another relatively inactive year in 2000 
and did not meet formally during the year. Instead, the 
committee worked independently on several initiatives and 
with Town staff assisting with the continued implementation 
of the recommendations in our 1995 final report. The 
highlight of the year was developing the Town's first ever 
stormwater management plan. As documented in our final 
report, stormwater pollution (pollutants carried off of the 
land from developed areas in rainwater) is by far the 
largest source of water pollution in Ipswich. Thanks to 
over $10,000 in funds provided to the Town from the State 
office of Coastal Zone Management, we were able to hire an 



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assistant, Julie Keane to work with the Town and the 
committee developing the report. 

Following the completion of the report in March, we went 
before the Selectmen on several occasions to present the 
recommendations and obtain their approval. The Selectmen 
voted enthusiastically to support the bulk of the report; 
and the staff and Town boards are currently working with the 
committee to implement the recommendations. This report 
will be a great asset to the Town as the federal government 
requires municipalities to produce stormwater plans over the 
next few years. Of course, we have to mention the largest 
highlight of the year, the re-opening of the Ipswich River 
to unrestricted shellfish harvesting for the first time 
since 1926. These beds, which are some of the most 
productive shellfish beds on the east coast will provide 
about $500,000 in direct income to our shellf ishermen and 
another $3 million to the local economy annually. The re- 
opening was a direct result of the Town' s efforts to 
eliminate sources of pollution as recommended in the 1995 
report. We must thank the Town, its staff, and the many 
volunteers who made this historic event possible. 



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HALL-HASKELL HOUSE 

Terri Stephens 
Stephanie Gaskins 
Co-chairs 

There was a great deal of activity taking place at the 
Hall-Haskell House this past year. In early spring, the 
exterior of the house received a new coat of paint. Our new 
landscaping added a welcoming look to the house. The 
Visitor Center was open from May to early December with 
10,000 visitors stopping in for information. Volunteers were 
on hand to greet them. As a thank you to the volunteers, 
they were treated to a performance at the North Shore Music 
Center on December 17 th (courtesy of the Essex National 
Heritage Center) . Bill Nelson did a wonderful job as 
manager of the center, and we thank him for his great 
organizational skills and efforts. 

The art gallery was also open from May through December with 
a wide array of art forms on exhibit. Artists, 
photographers and artisans displayed their talents through 
various styles both contemporary and traditional. 

The Hall-Haskell House enjoyed a wonderful year in 2000. We 
thank you all for your support. 



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THE BAY CIRCUIT COMMITTEE 

Lawrence Eliot, Chair 

Plans to update the Bay Circuit Guide to Walks in and Around 
Ipswich have taken place throughout the year. When Turner 
Hill and New England Biolabs have finalized their plans, 
they will be added to the Guide. The new printing has been 
planned for Thanksgiving, in time for Christmas. 

Patrick Glennon and his volunteers have continued to monitor 
the Bay Circuit Trail and clean up after storms. Beavers 
have expanded their pond, necessitating changes to the 
trail . 

The Committee has supported the idea of developing a path 
along Argilla Road as a link to the Town and as an alternate 
route to Bradley Palmer and the Bay Circuit Trail. Grant 
proposals have been received, and some of the 
money has been spent on laying out the trail. 

This year, steps have been taken, with the help of other 
Town boards, to complete the Bay Circuit Trail by the 
Country Club through Town land to Willowdale. Plans are to 
establish this trail by the fall of this year. With this 
change in the trail, we will avoid the rerouting around the 
new fields off Mile Lane or using the trail in back of Dow 
Reservoir . 

Guided trail hikes have continued to be organized, 
advertised in the Chronicle and led by members of the 
Committee. These informal walking/hiking groups continue to 
meet at Town Wharf parking lot on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. to 
explore local trails. 



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WATERWAYS ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Kenneth R. Spellman, Chair 

The Ipswich Waterways received some excellent new services 
implemented in the boating season of 2000. The pumpout boat 
did a tremendous service of pumping out affluents from the 
many boats moored in the Ipswich Bay area. The main off- 
loading area this year was at the marina in Rowley. Many 
positive comments were received from boaters. The Coastal 
Pollution Control Committee received the implementation of 
the Pumpout Program as a great step toward solving some of 



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our pollution problems that involve boats/boating. The 
pumpout boat was moored at the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club; and 
this made the service much easier to implement. 

The State purchased floats for the Town Wharf in their - 
continuing effort to upgrade launching services for local 
boaters. A new gangway will hopefully be part of this 
facility next season to make the Wharf safer for boaters. 




The Police jetski, purchased in 1999, was an important 
addition to the Harbors Department for patrolling the 28 
miles of coastal waters in Ipswich. This made patrolling 
available in areas inaccessible by the larger patrol boat. 
Rescue drills and practice situations were part of the 
Department's on-going in-service training program. 

The Waterways Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis; 
and we are looking for ideas from boaters for long and 
short-range goals to give the Department assistance in 
preparing for future needs. 

TRUST FUND COMMISSION 

Walter J. Pojasek, Chairman 
Edward J. Michon, Vice chairman 
Jean A. Emerson, Secretary 

The Commissioners met in open session for three meetings 
during the calendar year 2000 during which time monthly 
summaries compiled by Virginia Cleary, Town Treasurer, were 
reviewed and discussed. Mrs. Cleary has all trust fund 
investments in Franklin Securities, a conservative mutual 
fund. 

Discussions were held regarding the various trusts named to 
benefit the Ipswich schools each year and, in particular, 



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the Crane Beach Trust. The Cornelius Thibeault scholarship 
was awarded to a graduating Ipswich High School senior, 
Class of 2000. 

As of June 30, 2000 (FY2000), the ending Grand Total balance 
of the twenty established Town of Ipswich Trust Funds in the 
custody of the Town Treasurer was $854,200.87 

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EIGHT TOWNS AND THE BAY (8T&B) 

Ipswich Representatives: Wayne Castonguay and Tim Purinton 

The Eight Towns and the Bay Committee (8T&B) is one of five 
"local governance committees" of the Massachusetts Bays 
Program, a National Estuary Program that receives funding 
through the Environmental Protection Agency. The 8T&B is 
partially funded by Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and 
has two appointed volunteers from the following communities: 
Salisbury, Amesbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Essex, 
Gloucester, Rockport and Ipswich. Ipswich representatives 
are Wayne Castonguay and Tim Purinton. 

Below are some committee highlights of Year 2000 activities: 

* Coastal Education and Outreach. 8T&B produced an 
educational brochure and published articles and news 
briefs on its website, www. thecompass . com/8tb. 8T&B 
also made significant progress on its educational 
video "Voices of the Great Marsh." 

• Great Marsh Coalition. 8T&B is an active partner in 
the following coalition "teams:" 

o Land Protection Team. A group assisting 
municipalities in acquiring and protecting 
ecologically important marsh and upland areas. 

o Green Neighborhoods. An alliance of conservation 
organizations, planners, state officials, 
developers, realtors, lawyers and engineers, 
working to promote and implement open space 
residential design plans. 

o Salt Marsh Team. A coalition working to identify 
and restore degraded salt marsh ecosystems. 8T&B 
this year completed a marsh restoration project 
in Essex and one is underway in Ipswich. 

• Stormwater Education and Technical Assistance. 

o Cosponsored and organized, with EPA, a well- 
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compliance with National Pollution Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) Phase 2 regulations, 
o Carried out storm drain stenciling programs in 
Newburyport, Ipswich and Gloucester with school 
children, girl scouts, and a YMCA program. 

Stewardship Education and Outreach. 

o Organized a volunteer stream team in Salisbury 
that is focused on assessing and protecting 
Smallpox Brook. The* team carried out a shoreline 
survey and created an action plan for the future. 

o Created and organized, with Massachusetts Audubon 
Society, a volunteer alewife stewardship team, 
that is collecting data and information on alewife 
populations in the Little River in Gloucester. 



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TOWN OF IPSWICH 
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements 
of the "Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990" as 
published in the Federal Register on July 26, 1991. 

The Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, advised the public, 
employees, and job applicants that no qualified 
individual with a disability shall, by reason of such 
disability, be excluded from participation in or be 
denied the benefits of the services, programs, 
activities, or employment opportunities in the Town of 
Ipswich, or be subjected to discrimination by the Town. 
A "qualified individual with a disability" means an 
individual with a disability who, with or without 
reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or 
practices, the removal of architectural, communication, 
or transportation barriers, or the provision of 
auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential 
eligibility requirements for the receipt of services, 
the- participation in programs or activities, and access 
to job opportunities in the Town. 

The Town of Ipswich has designated the following 
(person or office) as the contact to coordinate efforts 
to comply with this requirement. Inquiries should be 
directed to: 



Name : 
Office: 
Address : 

Phone Number 
Hours : 



Colleen E. Pelley 

ADA Coordinator, Health Office 

Town Hall, 30 South Main St. 

Ipswich, MA 01938 

(978) 356-6605 



00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mondays 

00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tues.- Thurs 

00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Fridays 



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FEOFFEES OF THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL 
Ipswich,. Massachusetts 

Balance, July 1, 1999 - $ 18,658.27 
Cash Received 625, 139.87 

$643,798.14 

Expenditures 632, 129.41 

Balance, June 30, 2000 11,668.73 



Little Neck Valuations 

Buildings & Land $22,275,300.00 
Cash in First National Bank of Ipswich 11,668.73 

Reserve for Erosion Account - Ipswich Coop. Bank 14,156.76 
Reserve for Title 5 Account - Ipswich Savings Bank 11,162.74 
Reserve for Capital Improvements 125 , 452 . 55 

$22,437,740.78 

SCHEDULE I 
Cash Receipts 

July 1. 1999 - June 30, 2000 

Buildings, Home and Land Taxes $ 314,181.70 

Rents 183,147.71 

Transfer from Savings Accounts 104,800.00 

Loan 30, 000 . 00 

$ 632,129.41 

SCHEDULE A 

Balance, July 1, 1999 $ 18,658.27 

Cash Receipts ' 625,139.87 

$ 643,798.14 

Expenditures - Schedule II 632,129.41 

$ 11,668.73 



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SCHEDULE II 
Expenditures 

July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2 000 

Taxes 

*Town of Ipswich $314,181.70 

Repairs and Upkeep 

*Docks Sc Floats 42,944.00 

* Playgrounds 1,04 0.00 

*Tree & Brush cutting 2,785.00 

♦Maintenance 2,648.73 

' *Water & Road Repair 9,527.00 

Other Expenses 

♦Insurance 11,015.00 

♦Salaries 7,800.00 

♦Transportation 600.00 

♦Police 8,224.33 

♦Office Expense 1,029.80 

♦Meetings 187.13 

♦Legal-DEP 3,141.50 

♦Legal-Sale RE 1,448.00 

♦Consultant - Engineering DEP 60,812.00 

♦Consulting - Appraisal Sale RE 4,000.00 

♦Gift to School 25,000.00 

♦Transfer funds to School Acct . 25,000.00 

♦Loan Payoff 30,099.17 

♦Loan Interest 646.05 

♦Purchase CD 80,000.00 

$632,129.41 



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TRUSTEES OF THE IPSWICH PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STATEMENT OF FUNDS ACTIVITY 
July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000 



Operating Funds 






Balance - July 1 , 1999 


$ 


19,170.46 


Interest/Dividends 


$ 


22,816.02 


Book Sales 


$ 


322.89 


Donations, Bequests, Grants 


$ 


10,136.00 


Eastman Kodak stock sale, net 


$ 


370.93 


Books, Publications Purchased 


$ 


(6,689.42) 


Building & Grounds, Misc. Costs 


$ 


(3,500 55) 


Children's activities 


S 


(312.50) 


Balance - June 30. 2000 


$ 


42,413.83 



Restricted Funds 

Ipswich Speaks Fund 

Balance - July 1 , 1 999 $ 1 ,466. 70 

Interest Income $ 73.85 

Interest TXFR to Operating Funds $ (208 09) 

Balance - June 30, 2000 $ 1 ,332.46 

Markos Fund for Hellenic Culture 

Balance-July 1, 1999 $ 1,935.14 

Interest Income $ 102.16 

Interest TXFR to Operating Funds $ (183.17) 

Balance - June 30, 2000 $ 1 ,854 1 3 



Fidelity Mutual Fund 

Balance - July 1 , 1999 
Interest Income 
Balance - June 30, 2000 



$ 2,955.66 
$ 16455 
S 3,120.21 



Library Trust Fund 

Balance - July 1 , 1 999 $ 57,296. 16 

Interest Income ' $ 3,039.88 

Interest TXFR to Operating Funds $ (4,733.91 ) 

Balance - June 30, 2000 $ 55,602.13 

Helen St. John Fund 

Fund created Oct. 1 . 1 999 $ 383,592.42 

Interest Income $ 17,243.22 

Interest TXFR to Operating Funds $ (1 7,24322) 

Balance - June 30, 2000 $ 383,592.42 



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BURLEY EDUCATION FUND 
Balance on hand January 1, 2000 $42,491.91 

Income from funds for year 2000 as follows: 

Interest: Ipswich Co-operative Bank 

Term Deposit Certificates $ 2,056.85 

Expenditures for year 2000 as follows: 

Winthrop School Library Books $ 2,000.00 

Balance on hand January 1, 2001 as follows: 

Ipswich Co-operative Bank 

Term Deposit Certificates $42,548.78 



Respectfully submitted, 
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NOTES 



Printed by: Flagship Press, North Andover, MA 
Compiled by: Jane H. Spellman 

Photos were gratefully received from: 
Dorothy Monnelly, pgs . 116, 117 
Lee Nelson, pgs. 81, 120 

Various Town departments including DPW, Cemeteries, 
Recreation, Council on Aging, and the School 
Department 



NOTES 



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Name 



Telephone: home 



TOWN OF IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS 
CITIZENS ACTIVITY FORM FOR VOLUNTEER BOARDS AND TASKS 

Address 

work 



Present Occupation 



Education and/or training 



Experience in other volunteer positions: 



DATES INVOLVED 


BOARD OR AGENCY 


POSITION OR SPECIFIC TASKS COMPLETED 



























VOLUNTEER BOARDS TO WHICH APPOINTMENTS ARE MADE: (if interested, note T and 2 nd choice) 



Board of Assessors 

Cemetery & Parks Commission 

Civil Defense 

Commuter Rail Committee 

Conservation Commission 

Council on Aging 

Electric Advisory Board 

Fair Housing 



Finance Committee 

Government Study Committee 

Health, Board of 

Historical Commission 

Industrial Development Finance Auth. 

Ipswich Arts Council 

Library Trustees 

Planning Board 



Recreation Committee 
Registrars of Voters 
School Building Needs Committee 
Shell fish Advisory Committee 
Trust Fund Commissioners 
Waterways Advisory Committee 
Water Supply Committee 
Zoning Board of Appeals 



TASKS FOR WHICH VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: (if interested, note any choices) 



Interior painting 
Minor repairs 
Carpentry projects 



Typing, data entry 
Web site management 
Computer training 



Telephone reception and messages 
Bulk mailing preparation 
Consulting (note topics) 



Other (please note any of interest) 



Amount of time and dates available to serve: 



Completing this form in no way assures appointment. All committee vacancies will be filled by citizens deemed most 
qualified to serve in a particular capacity. It would be helpful if particular fields (such as finance, law, engineering, etc.) 
or specific task experience (painting, repair, computer work, office skills, etc.) are noted on this form so that selections 
may be made based on best possible evaluations of qualifications and interests. 

Use reverse side for any addition information or remarks. 

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THE TOWN OF IPSWICH AT YOUR SERVICE 
A handy Check-List of Often-Used Town Services 



Administration 

Town Manager 356-6609 

Accounting 

Finance Director 356-6601 

Ambulance 

Business 356-9800 

Emergency 911 

Assessments 

Assessors 356-6603 

Building & Health 

Building Inspector 356-6605 

Code Enforcement 356-6605 

Gas Inspector 356-0523 

Health Agent 356-6605 

Plumbing Inspector 356-0523 

Business Association 356-4400 

Cable Emergency Center 356-4366 

Cable TV 356-3666 

Cemetery & Parks Dept. 

Office 356-6643 

Chamber of Commerce 356-3231 

Civil Defense 

Emergency Management 356-6645 

Conservation Commission 356-6661 

Council on Aging 356-6650 

Court 

Third District Court 356-2681 

Probation 356-0333 

Crane Beach 

Gate 356-4354 

Castle Hill 356-4351 

Dog Officer 

Dog Pound 356-6652 

Animal Control Of ficer. .. 356-4343 

Electric Department 

Office 356-6635 

Fire Department 

Business 356-4321 

Emergency 911 

Fire Prevention 356-6631 

Harbormaster 356-4343 

Health Department 

Health Agent 356-6605 

Historical Society 

Curator-Whipple House. . . .356-2811 
Curator-Heard House 3 56-2641 

Housing Authority 

Office 356-2860 

Ipswich Chronicle 356-5141 

Library 356-6648 



Mosguito Control 

Essex County Office 474-4640 

Parking Clerk 

Office-Monday 356-6611 

Other 3 52-803 5 

Planning & Development 

Town Planner 356-6607 

Planning Board 356-6607 

Ipswich Partnership 356-6161 

Conservation 356-6661 

Police Department 

Animal Control 356-4343 

Business 356-4343 

Emergency 911 

Harbormaster 356-4343 

Shellfish Dept 356-4343 

Post Office 356-3050 

Public Works Department 

Office 356-6612 

Recycling 356-6612 

Transfer Station 356-6653 

Trash Collection 356-6612 

Purchasing 

Ass't Purchasing Agent. .. 356-6608 
Recreation Department 

Office 356-6644 

Registry of Motor Vehicles. ... 762-0025 
School Department 

Administration 356-2935 

High School 

Connecting all Depts 356-3137 

Doyon School 356-5506 

High School 356-3137 

Middle School 356-3535 

Winthrop School 356-2976 

Selectmen 

Office 3 56-6604 

Sewer Treatment Plant 35^-6642 

Tax Collector 

Office 356-6610 

,Town Clerk 

Office 356-6600 

General Licenses 356-6600 

Treasurer /Col lector 

Office 356-6610 

Veteran's Services 

Veteran's Agent 356-3915 

Water Department 

Office ; 356-6637 

Water Treatment Plant 356-6639 

Visitors Center 356-85^0